Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest (Joshua 1:1-9).
Today’s Morsel: There are times when we all need a little confirmation in our lives about what we have been called to do. Joshua was no exception. He saw what a challenge it was to lead God’s people, and he wanted to ensure that what he was about to do he did right. If you will notice, the Lord issued Joshua a command, and that command was to be strong and of a good courage. From a military stand point, a command must be obeyed or stern punishment can be issued for failure to obey the command or order which was given to you. Jesus, who is our Commander in Chief, has issued this same order to us, be strong and of a good courage. And being soldiers in His army and knowing that He has our best interest at heart, we should follow this order to its fullest. Daniel said, “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32). Do you know your God? Then we should not have any trouble obeying what He tells us to do. What I usually find about leadership is that when they issue an order, they’ve already studied it out and know what they are telling you to do is for your good as well as that of the organization. If we are strong and of a good courage, we will have a good outlook on life and our morale is revealed to all.
Sing: Jesus, Jesus, you know what's best for me, so lead on, Jesus, I’ll go wherever you lead!