Have you read a good book lately?
How about THE Good Book?
Reading and studying God’s Word is a great way to spend your free time. And the book of Joshua is a great place to start!
After Moses’ death, God appointed Joshua as Israel’s new leader. Joshua’s charge by God was to lead the people (more the 2 million) across the Jordan River and into the Promised Land. Like every new year, every new task can be exciting, but also scary and overwhelming.
It is our nature to assume that if we put our trust in God, He will just make everything easy for us; no challenges, no obstacles. But that is not God’s promise. Just as He promised Joshua, God promises to be with us wherever we go if we trust and obey Him:
- Be strong and of great courage; the job will not be easy.
- Obey God’s law.
- Constantly read and study God’s word.
God told Joshua what he would have to do to successfully complete the journey and lead the people into the Promised Land: obey God. We cannot always see what the end rewards of obedience will be because God’s timing is different than ours. But if we continuously read and study God’s Word, we will affirm our next steps in the journey He has designed for us.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of Godmay be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-172
Resolve to set aside time each day to study and meditate on God’s Word. The scriptures are God-breathed; His personal letter to us instructing us how to live holy lives and be builders of His kingdom.
The book of Joshua is about obedience as he was committed to obeying God. Spend time with Joshua this month and make a new vow to obey God. New challenges (and a new year) can become amazing adventures with God leading the way.
“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.” – Joshua 1:8