Today we would be looking at the Joshua chapter 1
In this study, the tools we would use for this study are
- Who, What, When, Where, and How tool
- What does it mean?
- How does it apply to me today?
We would combine the first 2 tools.
So let’s dig in and turn the bible to Joshua chapter 1
From this chapter there 3 distinct events
1: succession planning: Joshua was to led the children of Israel into the promised land
2. The charge: Be strong, Be courageous, do not be afraid or discouraged. God is with you.
3. My Brother’s keeper: helping others be successful too
Using the Who, What, When, Where, and How tool and what does it mean?
Succession: but why was Joshua the one selected. We can see God plans for continuity in place. God put into the works a succession plan for when Moses will no longer be able to lead the children of Israel. We first met Joshua in (exodus 17:9 When Moses instructed him to lead some men to fight against the Amalekites.) about 40 years previous to this. In those years we see a consistence of service and character. The departure of Moses does not abort the plans and purpose of God. God’s plan and purpose spans multiple generations and times.
This leadership was not sudden, but with years of working alongside Moses, Joshua was ready to take on the mantle of leadership.
While God had made the promise to give the Isrealite Cannan land, there was however an effort that needed to be exerted for Jsohua in leading to the possession of the inheritance. Though the promise had already been made that he would succeed. Therein still remained an effort, a doing that needed to be exercised by Joshua.
Joshua’s charge was first to be courageous.
Courageous: The task ahead of him may seem daunting and overwhelming
He was to apply his faith in God to overcome the daunting and overwhelming tasks he had to do. God then told Joshua how to become successful
Which was why he had to read, meditate and obey God’s word. As in Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. However it was in the obeying of God’s instruction that would bring success.
My Brother’s keeper
Another section of this chapter that stands out to me were the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half Manasseh fulfilling their word or promise to Moses that they would help their brethren in securing their own inheritance. These tribes though had already taken possession of their own inheritance, they did not forget their word or promise to help their fellow Israelites in securing their inheritance. While it was going to cause a lot of inconveniences to them they were ready and would keep their word to help their brethren.
Using the How does it apply to me today?
In a place of leadership, am I training others to lead and handle the mantle?
(Psalm 145: 4) Say One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. What effort am I making to ensure the goodness of the Lord is passed unto the next generation.
Faith and leadership is passed on from one to another. How are you and I following God’s example in ensuring that there is continuity. Are we training the next generation of believers? Knowing that Joshua was trained for 40 years. What efforts am I making to ensure younger believers around me grow strong and immovable in their faith.
Everyone wants to achieve success in what they have placed their efforts to. God gives us a recipe for success. Read, meditate and obey His instruction. Are we following this recipe? Or do we have another recipe we are following.
My Brother’s keeper
The tribes of Reuben, Gad and half Manasseh became their brother’s keeper in helping them too achieve success. In the areas of life I have experienced success, am I helping those around me to achieve success or is it all about me and what I have and can achieve? This is very adept in this generation where we look out for only ourselves and our immediate family. The “my brother keeper” mentality is winning together. Who will I be a “my brother’s keeper” to? so we can win together
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