READ: Joshua 1:1-18
- It’s easy to get distracted when change is happening. It’s even easier when the changes are as major as what Israel is facing: new leader, new land, new challenges and new opportunities. Yet the text doesn’t point the people to Joshua, or the land, or the challenge. It points them to God. He is the One who was with Moses; He is the One who will be with Joshua; He is the One who made the promises; He is the One whose words are to be followed.
- One of God’s greatest gifts is His Word. It isn’t that His leaders aren’t important; they clearly are. But His leaders, take second place to His Word, for it’s His Word that gives us His heart and His mind. We evaluate His leaders against His Word and not the other way around. Therefore, we concentrate upon His Word so we can feel confident in doing what is His will.
- The text is clear: “do according to all the law…”; “do not turn to the right or to the left…”; “do not let it depart…”; “meditate on it…”; “do all that is written…”; “remember what was commanded…” There is no question where the attention should be. We are called to be serious about what God has said. That commitment is paramount; for that commitment is what gives us confidence that we are following the right leaders in the right directions.
- How much time do you spend in God’s Word each week?
- How is God’s Word working in you right now?
- Do you prefer to read God’s Word or listen to it (via an app, e.g.)?
Thank God for giving us words that reveal His heart and mind. Pray that you are able to understand as you read/listen to His Word. Commit yourself to being more and more familiar with His words.