March 3: Confident in His Presence, Committed to His Word

Read Joshua 1:1-18

It was a landmark day for the nation of Israel. They were camped near the banks of the Jordan River. Just a short distance to the west was a land flowing with milk and honey, a land that had been promised their forefathers. Although it was theirs, they had never seen it. It had been more than 400 years since their relatives lived there, and it had taken the current generation 40 years of wandering through the desert to reach it.

But it was also a landmark day because a baton was being passed. Moses had died. Joshua was to take his place. Did he have what it would take to lead these people numbering into the hundreds of thousands? That was a good question. That was a question that likely many an Israelite had posed. They had only known Moses’ leadership. But, in all likelihood, this was a question that Joshua had also posed. He had his own doubts and fears. Could he fill the big, legendary shoes of this man who had become bigger than life?

Perhaps you have wondered that as well. Not necessarily whether you can fill someone’s shoes in replacement, but whether you have what it takes for the responsibilities you carry in your vocation, community, family, ministry, and/or neighborhood.

Thankfully, God gave promises to Joshua that are renewed for you in the New Testament.

The promise of His presence. God promised He would be with Joshua just as He had been with Moses. The Almighty would never leave him. The sovereign Ruler of the universe would never forsake him. In like manner, you and I are assured of the very ongoing and even indwelling presence of God in our lives (Matt. 28:20; Jn. 14:17; Heb. 13:5). Be confident in His presence!

The promise of prosperity and success. There are two important caveats to this promise. New Testament prosperity and success are not defined in terms of bank accounts, physical health, and corporate ladders. No, this prosperity and success are characterized by a fruitful life (Jn. 15). And the second caveat is that even this fruitful life is contingent upon attention to and obedience to the instructions of God. In other words, we experience that as our thinking and our actions conform with the will and word of God. Be committed to His word!

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