For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant,
“Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.
Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.
From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory.
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.
Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.
Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful 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 courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Three times the statement “Be strong and courageous” is made.
“…Be strong and courageous, …”
Twice the command to follow God’s Words, God’s will and way is given.
“… being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you…”
The promised result of holding to these directives is success in what you set out to do,
“… For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. …”
specifically, success in accomplishing what God has given us to do. Are we finding less than stellar results when we follow what we believe He has given us to do? The question to follow would be are we following His way or have we manipulated His words to suit our way? Care must be taken to know His way so well we do not err in how we follow. Care must be taken to be strong, have courage, and know His way. He says to make His law, his commands a part of our very being so that we know him and his ways.
“…This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it….”
Have we immersed ourselves in His word? Do we know his commands? Are we following them? The promise of success in what we do, the promise that whatever we undertake under His direction will prosper hinges on this. And then God follows with assurance we can all hold on to. He will not leave us when He asks us to do something for Him. He is with us, often as Joshua found out, He goes ahead, preparing the way, fighting the battle for us. There is no peace like that of knowing we have followed His will and are kept by His promises.
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