After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them, to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates, all the Hittite country, to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:1-9).
What wonderful words of encouragement were given to Joshua by the Lord! We read these words, and we are encouraged in the Lord. How was Joshua feeling when the Word of the Lord came to him? This was too much for Joshua. That’s true, but was it too much for God? No! It wasn’t. God was with Joshua, and this would change everything! This was true for Joshua, and it’s true for us.
“Choose you this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15).
Very near to the end of his life on earth, Joshua spoke these words to the people of Israel. In today’s world, we are to keep on calling on people to serve the Lord. Where did Joshua’s faithful witness come from? It came from the power that was given to him by the Lord. How are we to continue being the Lord’s faithful witnesses? “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8).