Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Joshua and the Power of the Bible

Like Joshua, Draw on the Power of God's Word.

Joshua Leads Israel Crossing the Jordan River (by Gustave Dore, 1865)
Grasshoppers! Joshua exclaimed as he covered his head and opened a scroll in prayer. He knew the people were afraid. It was right then, the still quiet voice of God penetrated his being and gave him the instructions.

There would be no shirking of his duty. The anointing power of God encased his body, mind, soul, and strength.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe 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 of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:8-9 NKJ).

The solitary general sitting among the rocks of the desert pondered the mission in his heart. Since Moses died, he felt alone.

Now it was his mission to lead the attack of the entire Hebrew nation upon the promised land, the land of Abraham, to reclaim the land of the patriarchs. His people would face multiple warrior nations against them. He knew Caleb stood with him before God. But he also remembered what the other ten spies had reported.

The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants...; and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight” (Num. 13:32-33 NKJ).

Through faith, Joshua knew he had to make the decision, Go or No Go. He knew he could not overcome overwhelming numbers of enemies without God.

Little did Joshua know, his name would be the same name as the expected Jewish Messiah to come, Yeshua, Jesus! But he looked down at his scroll and his heart knew the confirming word of the Lord ringing through his being.

King David would express it later, in years to come.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law he meditates day and night.

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf does not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1-3 NKJ).

Through the Spirit, Joshua heard only one word ringing in his whole being, “Attack!”

--Bill Hunt

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