The Joshua Leader: God’s Orders

“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9 ESV.

God gave Joshua two clear orders for fulfilling the task before him:

1) Be strong and very courageous.

This seems like a strange command, perhaps different from what we would expect. God didn’t tell Joshua to surround himself with the right men, nor did He tell him to plan his work strategically. I’m sure those are important, but God chose to emphasize one thing: being strong and courageous.

Why? Because God wanted to do great things, and He didn’t want Joshua’s unbelief to get in the way.

2) Meditate on the law to be careful to do what it says.

We live in a day where many people ignore the Word of God and the importance of holiness and righteous character. Unless that is woven into the fabric of the Joshua Leader, he will gauge his walk with God by the works of God and be led astray by his own self-confidence and pride.

What does this mean for me practically?

First of all, if I am honest, I hope that I too will need this be-strong-and-courageous command from God, not because I want to be a wimp or a coward, but because I want to participate in a work of God that is so audacious that God Himself commands me to be strong and courageous.

Second, I must choose, each day, to live in the fear of the Lord and to continually search the Scriptures, because my success, like Joshua’s, hangs on that.

If we’re going to see this kind of Joshua Leaders in our generation, we’ll need a generation of men and women to rise up and follow Joshua’s example of strength, courage, holiness, and character. Christ wants to empower you to live that kind of life. Will you let Him?

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