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Sep262017

October 2017

Our youth and college students are studying the book of Joshua this fall, focusing on some of the big events in the book.  We have called it “life lessons from Joshua.”  Joshua contains the story of the Israelites crossing into and conquering the Promised Land and the story of God’s faithfulness to His people in the process. 

God leads His people into the Promised Land in a way that no one can take credit for the victories except for Him.  From the parting of the Jordan River to the walls of Jericho falling down, there is no question who is responsible for the success of His people.

In the very beginning of the book, God lays out the method for success: Trust Him, don’t fear, and live by God’s Word. Our obedience and faith in Him will result in victory. Often times we have the wrong view of what it means to be victorious. Joshua’s life shows a tremendous example of living a victorious life in relationship with God.

We also see in this book the consequences of not obeying God.  Defeat, disappointment, and judgment come when we choose our own way instead of His.  God deals with sin, disciplines His children and brings judgment on those who choose to be His enemies.

This is such a great picture of how life is lived. When God is the center of our lives, we benefit from the closeness we have with him. Our life is content, fulfilled and joyful, even in difficult times. When we choose to walk our own paths, we suffer the consequences.  The idea is that we have choices to make.  God has a great plan and His plan leads to victory.  We often deter from that plan and suffer the results.  Joshua led the Israelites through both victories and defeats. 

At the end of His life, he makes one last plea to the people.  “Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve.” (Joshua 24:14)  Every day we have to make the choice who we will serve.  In the beginning of Joshua’s leadership he was challenged by God with the method of success and at the end he challenged the people to continue in following God. Joshua began and ended well. Hopefully our choice each day is “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (24:15)

 

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