Our chief focus of attention is to be on the Lord.

“After the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua, son of Nun, Moses’ assistant: ‘Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the River Jordan 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” (Joshua 1:1-6).

We read about Moses, and we read about Joshua. Was there something special about Moses? Was there something special about Joshua? Were the two to be compared with each other – ‘Moses is better than Joshua’, ‘Joshua is better than Moses’? To start comparing one of God’s servant with another of his servants is to miss the point of serving the Lord. We’re not to draw attention to ourselves. We’re to point away from ourselves to the Lord. As we read the opening verses of the book of Joshua, it becomes clear that our chief focus of attention is to be on the Lord.

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