Strength for the Walk
“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,to the children of Israel.”
Joshua was about to embark on a sojourn that he wasn’t capable of accomplishing on his strength or understanding. If we were to stand in his place and here these same words spoken to us, our hearts would melt like wax. For we would know in our hearts that we couldn’t accomplish this task. Our Lord asks of us what we cannot accomplish, this is to get us outside of ourselves, our thinking or human strength. Grace is our only option, and for each day of our sojourn His grace is sufficient, this is a vital lesson for us to learn.
“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.”
Our Lord was speaking into Joshua’s spirit, he was hearing The Living Word, and from this he knew how to walk, how to see and how to hear, it was to trust in our Lord with his whole heart, and not to lean upon his understanding. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
“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 the right hand or 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.” Joshua 1:6~8
Joshua had watched, listened and experienced the Lord moving in and through the Lords servant Moses. Now it was time, and new day for Joshua. Our Lord was very clear how Joshua was to walk, it was through Faith. Joshua heard The Word, and it also was in Faith that he drew the strength and wisdom to become a channel for our Lord to minister through.
This is exactly what our Lord is asking of us today, to learn form Joshua’s example and to remember this key point; “Then Peter opened mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: “But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” Acts 10:34, 35. What our Lord accomplished in and through Joshua, he can accomplish in and through us, our response of course is to walk as Joshua walked, by Faith in our Lord. Not human faith, but Faith of, and into our Lord.
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9
Our Lord came to fulfill the law, and to provide each of us the ability to walk in and through His strength. Today we must open our hearts for the walk into our Lord. Always moving, trusting, listening and opening our hearts to His Living Word. As we do we move higher, experience more of our Lords Life, and our hearts become stronger and stronger in His Faith.
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31