Joshua’s life, as documented in the scriptures, showcases a rare alignment of spiritual fervour, unyielding dedication to God’s commandments, and leadership qualities that became foundational to the preservation and propagation of the faith. One of the most profound lessons from his life centers around three pivotal moments where God emboldens Josiah, reinforcing the message: stand strong, be of good courage, and uphold the Law.
1. The Importance of Courage in Leadership
Three times, God relayed the message to Joshua: Stand firm and be courageous. Why this recurring command? Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the determination to act rightly in the face of fear. Every leader, especially those who lead on spiritual fronts, will encounter challenges and opposition. God’s repetitive emphasis on courage serves as a testament to the battles Josiah would face and the fortitude required to navigate them.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)
This message, although directed towards Josiah, is timeless and remains relevant for leaders and believers even today.
2. The Ten Commandments: God’s Immutable Law
The cornerstone of Joshua’s commitment lay in the Ten Commandments, which represented the foundation of God’s Law. These commandments, received by Moses on Mount Sinai, served as the moral and spiritual compass for the Israelites:
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make for yourself a carved image.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honour your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
- You shall not covet.
By upholding these commandments, Joshua was not merely enforcing a set of rules; he was fortifying the heart of the nation’s covenant relationship with God. The commandments were not just directives; they were the essence of a faithful life.
3. God’s Third Command: Prosperity and Promise
By the third time God commanded Joshua, a deeper promise was revealed. Not only was Joshua to be courageous and upholding the law, but in doing so, he would prosper.
“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:7 (NKJV)
God’s blessings weren’t just about material prosperity. Joshua’s prosperity encompassed spiritual growth, respect among his people, and the perpetuation of God’s word in a world teetering on the edge of spiritual decay.
Lessons for Today
Joshua’s life serves as a beacon for believers today. Here are some takeaways:
- The Law is Still Relevant: Even in an age of grace, the Ten Commandments remain a guiding principle for living a righteous life. They are not just historical edicts but reflect God’s heart and character.
- Courage is God-Given: Whenever we feel daunted by life’s challenges, remember that God’s word is a fountain of strength and courage. Like Josiah, we are called to lean into God’s promises and stand firm.
- Prosperity Beyond Materialism: While the world often equates prosperity with material wealth, God’s version of prosperity transcends materialism. It encompasses peace, wisdom, spiritual growth, and an enduring legacy.
Joshua’s dedication to upholding God’s commandments underlines the unwavering importance of the Ten Commandments in the life of a believer. His story reminds us that, with courage and commitment to God’s Law, we too can lead lives of significance, blessed by divine prosperity.
For those wishing to delve deeper, I recommend revisiting the referenced verses in the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible. Let Joshua’s life inspire you to stand strong, be of good courage, and always uphold the eternal truths God has provided.