Read how God encouraged Joshua (and us) after Moses’ death to lead Israel to the Promised Land.
Joshua 1: 2-3
After Joshua succeeded Moses who had died, God was to know that Joshua needed encouragement, so He said to Joshua, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, pass over this Jordan, thou and all this people, into the land which I am giving them, unto the people of Israel. Every place where the sole of your foot shall tread, I have given you, as I promised Moses. (Joshua 1: 2-3), so God was telling Joshua that he had promised Moses that Israel would enter the land he was giving them, so Joshua did not have to worry about that since “Every place where the sole of your foot will walk, I have given you, as I promised Moses. “
Has God’s promise changed with Israel’s leadership?
How can God say the land was given to them before they even entered it?
Why did God tell Joshua what he already knew, that Moses was dead?
Joshua 1: 5
After God told Joshua that they would take the land, he said to Joshua, “No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, I will be with you. I won’t leave you or abandon you “ (Joshua 1: 5), so that must have been encouraging, because we know God was with Moses and as it was said, he spoke to God face to face, as a man would to a friend, so the relationship Moses’ intimacy with God would continue with Joshua and remind him, “I will be with you” as I was with Moses, and as with Moses, “I will not forsake you or forsake you.”
Do you think this encouragement speaks to you?
Why did God have to remind Joshua that he would not leave or forsake him?
Didn’t he already know that?
Joshua 1: 6
In one of the most beloved verses in the Bible, God told Joshua after the death of Moses, to “Be strong and courageous, for you will make this people inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them” (Joshua 1: 8), so this is actually a commandment to be courageous and strong for the people, for if Joshua had hesitated in doubt, then the people would also have doubted, for when the leadership is anxious fearful and worried, it tends to spread like a virus … fear is contagious.
Do you find it easier when you know that someone brave is going out of their way to get something done?
How is fear spread?
What does it mean to be strong?
Wasn’t Joshua already strong?
Joshua 1: 7
Again, God repeats what’s important, or He wouldn’t repeat it, so He says to Joshua again, “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn away from it to the right or to the left, in order to be successful wherever you go. (Joshua 1: 7). Notice Joshua is reminded to be strong and courageous, but in doing this, be careful to do what God commanded in the law through Moses. They were not to turn a foot to the left or to the right, but to stand firmly in the midst of the will of God and only then would they “have good success wherever (they or they) go.”
What does it mean not to turn right or left?
What law was God referring to when he mentioned the law that Moses commanded?
Does obeying the law have anything to do with being successful in the new country?
Joshua 1: 8
We know what God was referring to when he spoke of the law he gave to Moses when he told Joshua, “This book of the law will not depart from your mouth, but you will meditate on it day and night, so that you pay attention to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success ” (Joshua 1: 8). There seems to be a conditional statement that God says it will be prosperous for them if the Book of the Law does not depart from their mouths and they forget to meditate on it, day and night.
What does it mean to “meditate on it day and night?” “
How do you arbitrate on the law?
What does it mean “the law will not depart from your mouth?
Joshua 1: 9
If someone is repeating something to you, it must be important. When I was learning to drive, my brother (who taught me to drive) reminded me several times to watch the traffic when I pulled out. He said it no less than 3 times, so in the same way God often repeats things that are very important, and again God says to Joshua, “Didn’t I order you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1: 9). For the third time in a few sentences, God reminds Joshua that he must be courageous and not be dismayed and that the reason Joshua can be strong and courageous is only because “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go. “ My son when he was very young was afraid of the dark, but when I was with him in his room he was not afraid. Even though it was still dark in his room, he knew I was with him, so he wasn’t afraid or dismayed.
Why would God repeat the command to be strong and courageous three times?
Have you ever found yourself repeating something very important?
Does God Being With You Give You Courage?
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the host of Spiritual Fitness and lead writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. . You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.