Whatever stage of Jordan crossing we find ourselves in, the Lord's charge to Joshua, found in Joshua 1:2-9, is also His charge to us. Let's look at this passage of Scripture and see what the Lord said to Joshua and what He has for us today.
"After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, 'Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 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 [act wisely]. 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 1:1-9
The Lord tells Joshua that Moses is dead and that he (Joshua) is going to lead these people over the mighty Jordan River. Do you think Joshua may have had some concerns about that?
Maybe Joshua didn't feel he could measure up to Moses or fill his sandals. Maybe he remembers how the people treated Moses and he doesn't want to be treated like that. Or, maybe, he's just never really had to depend on and trust the Lord like this before. Have you been there?
Joshua is up against a seemingly impossible challenge and a no-way-out situation!
But the Lord tells Joshua to "arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people" (1:2).
What has the Lord told you to do that seems like an impossible challenge? What no-way-out situation are you facing today?
The Lord assures Joshua that "No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life" (1:5). Why? Because Joshua has the Lord on his side.
Do you have the Lord on your side today? Are you trusting Him to lead you and guide you through the impossible challenges and no-way-out situations life throws your way? Or, are you just going to navigate those treacherous Jordan River waters alone?
Look at these two things the Lord promises Joshua:
The Lord reminds Joshua to "BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS" three times in this passage (1:6, 7, 9), One of those times He tells him to "be strong and very courageous" (1:7).
And then the Lord admonishes Joshua to be "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" (1:7). The Lord wants Joshua to be successful and He tells him how to be—do not turn to the right hand or to the left. Look straight ahead. Follow my way. Follow Me.
And how is Joshua going to be sure he is careful to do according to all the law that Moses commanded? "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" (1:8). He going to meditate on the Word of God day and night.
Finally, the Lord gives Joshua two commands:
And a promise: "for THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO” (1:9).
What Jordan do you need to go over today, friend?
“I will be with you, I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous…meditate on it [God’s Word] day and night…Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:5-7).
The Lord’s charge to Joshua, after the death of Moses, is also His charge to us.
How are you doing with your Jordan crossing today?
You may also be interested in our Summer Book Club-Style Bible Study featuring The Red Sea Rules.
Read Week One here.
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