This mighty warrior of God has completed his life purpose and brought glory to God. Now it’s time to reflect on his life.
Here’s 5 Lessons From the Life of Joshua
1. God took 60 years to prepare Joshua for his leadership.
Joshua spent 20 years in Egypt, 40 years in the wilderness and then 50 in the Promised Land. God used the first 60 years of Joshua’s life – as a slave for the Egyptians and an assistant to Moses – to prepare him to lead God’s people into the Promised Land.
Are you waiting on God? If you are in a season of waiting or an “in between” season, keep hanging on. God is refining us and preparing us for what He has next. He wants us to surrender all of our lives to him and trust that in His good timing, He will use our story, our struggles, and our talents for His glory.
Be patient. Your story is not finished yet.
2. Joshua was a man of courage.
Joshua was told four times in chapter 1 to be courageous. Perhaps he was afraid more times than the passage tells us. But he did not shrink back in fear! He overcame every obstacle the enemy put into his path and he courageously took a hold of the Promised Land.
Joshua fixed his eyes on the promises of God rather than fearing the obstacles of the enemy.
Is there something in your life that feels risky? We are all in a spiritual battle of some sort. It takes courage to stand up to sin in this world. It takes courage to speak the truth in love. It takes courage to forgive and take risks in relationships. It takes courage to trust God with our finances and our children and our futures.
God honors courage. Stand on God’s promises today rather than fearing the obstacles of the enemy.
3. Joshua did not quit.
Joshua was a reliable warrior for God. He understood his purpose and his calling. Rather than focusing on what his eyes could physically see – he focused on the words of God and faithfully obeyed every command. God uses those who faithfully obey him.
Are you a reliable warrior for God? Your purpose and calling is to glorify God right where you are. Do not focus on what your eyes see. Everything we see is temporary and physical. There is an eternal and spiritual world that we cannot see but is more real than this physical world. Trust the words of the Lord. Faithfully obey his every command.
4. Joshua did not fight his battles alone.
Joshua was not a lone ranger. He did not march around the city of Jericho alone and none of Joshua’s battles were won all alone. He was a courageous leader who enlisted the respect of his troops and had thousands of men who were faithfully fighting alongside him. The people did as he commanded because of his character.
Are you are lone ranger? We need the family of God and the family of God needs us.
5.The secret to Joshua’s success was his devotion to the Word of God.
Joshua 1:6-9 tells us:
“Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 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. 8 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. 9 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.”
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