from Lynda LIndsey
God to Joshua: Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people into the land that I am giving to them… Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon, I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. Joshua 1:2-3
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. Joshua 1:7
Joshua commands his officers to prepare the people: Pass through the midst of the camp and… prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess. Joshua 1:11
Moses, God’s servant, is dead. Joshua, up next, has been well prepared for leadership. Still, he must have been pulsing with fear and excitement as he received God’s first orders for battle. Arise and go over! Be strong and courageous. Be strong and very courageous. Obey. Obey carefully, purposefully, mindfully. God assures Joshua that He, God, is giving the people the land. Even so, God’s people bear the responsibility to move out in faith and obedience and take possession of God’s gift. Godly success is assured if God’s people look to God, only to God, and don’t turn away from Him.
Arise and go over. Joshua’s leadership task is, in part, motivating people to action, getting people on their feet, prepared physically and mentally for battle. Joshua and his leaders pass through the camp prior to crossing the Jordan, assessing and prioritizing what provisions are necessary for their journey. Essential items? Faith and trust in God. Trust in God’s Word. Trust that God’s Presence is with them, wherever they go. Meditating on, mulling over, chewing on God’s every word, with the intent to implicitly obey Him. Corralling, and refusing fear, by taking courage in the Lord.
Everything Joshua needed, we need today. We too are called to arise and go! Whatever task God sets before us, we have dangerous rivers to cross and enemy territory to pass through. We need great courage and conviction that God not only goes before us, but that He is also our rear guard, that He means what He says, and that He is trustworthy. Constantly we need to assess our spiritual and physical condition, checking our priorities, making sure we are on task. We need abounding faith and trust in God, and courage to obey Him at any cost. Arise and go over! Victory awaits!