Friday, September 23
By Jill McClain
With the death of Moses, Joshua becomes the new leader of God’s chosen people. The book of Joshua records Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land. God quickly reminds Joshua that it is imperative that Joshua and his people remain faithful and then they will succeed in finally entering Canaan. “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:8) God has lovingly given us a book that contains instructions for how we are to live our lives. However, it is up to each of us to thoroughly study his word day and night, so that we will know how to do just as it says, not veering to the right or left of what has been written. Hopefully, these devotions have encouraged you to read your Bible daily. Meditating on the Bible is an important first step, but that must be followed up with obedience to all that is taught in God’s word.
Leading God’s people out of the desert that they had been wandering in for 40 years was a challenging assignment. Yet, Joshua bravely and with calm determination stepped up and became the strong leader that the Israelites needed. Joshua was able to act courageously because for years he had witnessed God’s faithfulness and he knew that God would always be with him. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) What is something that you are facing that requires you to be strong and courageous?
In chapter two Rahab stepped out in faith to help the spies. Rahab had heard how God had led his people out of Egypt and through the Red Sea. She had heard stories of God’s protection of his people, and she knew that he must be the one, true God. Because of Rahab’s faith, God was able to use her, a prostitute from Jericho, to help keep his people safe. Think of a way that God may be calling you to step out in faith?
In the following chapter, God caused the Jordan River to stop flowing so that his people could walk across. He used this miracle to demonstrate once again that he was with his people. Then in chapter four the people created a memorial from stones to serve as a reminder of God’s always present help.