Day 7 - 40 Days in the Old Testament

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days in the Old Testament

Joshua 1:8-9
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  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 was God’s pick to take over for Moses and to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land.  And this book is about that.   Ponder… if you were Joshua, taking over for Moses, wouldn’t you feel in over your head?  I sure would, and I suspect Joshua did too.

So, God speaks these words to him to strengthen and encourage him as he begins his leadership of a million plus weary Israelites who were apprehensive about taking on the inhabitants of the Promised Land.
In some ways, we ALL are in a battle.  The ENEMY of our faith is always telling us – as he was Joshua and the Israelites – that our struggle is “hopeless,” that the “enemy is too big, the valley too wide or the river too deep.”  He always comes up with something that causes us to doubt.
In these verses, the Lord makes several KEY statements to Joshua.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night.  So that you may observe and do…”
The Word of God is the KEY for we who are Children of God.  And beyond just reading, we need to be DOERS of His Word.  Such obedience will bring a smile from our Lord God and His leading into “good success.”

Another HUGE benefit… we need NOT be afraid or dismayed because our Lord God is with us everywhere we go.

In the book of Joshua, God demonstrates His faithfulness to His promises.  And since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He can also be counted on today.

Prayer: LORD GOD, as you were with Joshua, You are with us.  Thank You for your faithfulness to us, your children.  Amen.