Joshua was a man of courage, crossing over the Jordan River, breaking down the walls of Jericho. He accomplished what even Moses himself could not do: he brought his people into the Promised Land.
Joshua was pretty great. Even his name is synonymous with being “strong and courageous.” But Joshua, in all of his greatness, points to someone much greater.
A man of sorrows, crossing the great divide between heaven and earth for us. He accomplished what we could never accomplish in a million years: He is bringing all of God’s children to the Promised Land.
It is at the cross where we can see the ultimate example of what it looks like to “be strong and courageous.”
A pastor here in Chicago said just yesterday that the “hand of God” was upon me. I’ve known him for about a month.
"I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.”
I really don’t deserve anything.
The provision of God is a mysterious thing: sometimes it leaves me in awe, but many times I just take it for granted.
How should I respond to this grace?
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness.”
I’ve been given much. It just means I have more to give.
Joshua waged war against all these kings for a long time.
It literally just hit me that it takes a lot less time to read about entering the Promised Land than it does to actually enter it.
While this much is true, I often find myself thinking that because it doesn’t take much time to read about something, it shouldn’t take much time to accomplish it.
That’s why I get frustrated with myself and with others when the same problems don’t go away.
"We prayed about it. Why isn’t it any better?"
"I did my devos and just got back from a retreat. Why am I still struggling?"
We need to brace ourselves for a longer fight.
"It’s much faster to read about entering the Promised Land than it is to actually enter it."