I just love reading about ancient battles and how the Lord delivered his people. Such a wonderful testament to our God and his ability to defeat our enemies. This morning as I was led to read the first 6 chapters of Joshua and I was about to head into chapter 6, one short verse caught my attention. It’s found in Joshua 6:27, the very last verse; “So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout all the country.”
So many times we think of these stories as old, long forgotten battles of another era. However, this morning, God spoke to my spirit and said, “I am with you and will make you famous!” I almost felt like Sarah when the angel of the Lord told Abraham she would have a son the next year in her old age and laughed out loud. But because I’ve spent so much time in the Word, I know that God is not saying it to be funny, He’s saying it because it looks impossible with me.
Like Gideon, you may be the least of your family, not gifted, no formal education, but God isn’t looking for you to be able to do it yourself. No he’s looking for someone totally dependent on him, someone who will give him all the glory. One touch of Gods favor will change your life completely. He’s looking for someone who will be obedient to His voice, willing to serve him when it’s not popular, even when people make fun of you. Is that you?
Joshua faithfully served Moses in the wilderness and God led him into the promised land and made him famous. Not just honored and revered among his own people, but he became famous in the eyes of his enemies as well. It all began with a Word from the Lord. A promise. Joshua 1:5-9, God says to Joshua, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 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.”
Do you see that? God called him and spoke a promise, Joshua listened, believed and obeyed. When was the last time you sat in the presence of God and heard God speak to you? Did it sound so absurd that you blew it off? Go back again and listen. Whatever the Lord is asking you to do, do it. He will confirm his word to you over and over again if you just listen. It could be that while you’re waiting for God to bless you, he’s already spoken and is waiting on you.
Father, I’m willing to go and do what you’ve asked of me, even when others don’t understand and make fun of me. It may seem foolish to do what you’ve commanded, but in the end, victory will be yours and I will share in the spoils. I trust you with my life, my husbands life and my children’s lives. All that you have placed in my hands are yours, you’ve simply entrusted them to me. So Father, I place them back into your hands knowing that you are able to keep them and care for them. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I love you! I love to serve you! I trust you! I humbly ask you to redeem my mistakes and cause your Word to come to pass in my life. In Jesus Name. Amen