Divine Courage

                                               uganda-649

                                       Rev. E. Anderson

SUBJECT                  THE COURAGE OF A POSSESSOR

READING   Joshua 1

TEXT          vv6,7,8

INTRODUCTION

Difference:  This man was called to succeed Moses but he was not to be another Moses.  He had been greatly mentored and tutored by him yet he was not to ape him.  The Lord made him to be different and he had a different role for him to fulfil for Him at an important time.  Whilst he benefited enormously through the input and example of this very godly leader, he had not to act like him in manners or to function in the way he did.  He also required courage of a different kind because his circumstances would be utterly diverse to what had been encountered before.  The Lord knew that and that is why He sought to infuse him from the start with great promises and assurance.

Commitment:  His consecration never appears to be in question throughout his whole life and this contributed a great deal to the success of life and mission. He rendered to the Lord, Moses and the people of God an unswerving loyalty that ultimately brought the approval of the Lord and lasting rewards.  Courage was linked to this commitment and made him a rich possessor.  It is noted in a number of instances.

1/. IN CONTENTION WITH THE AMALEKITES   Ex 17

 

Soon after Israel’s deliverance from Egypt there came the conflict with the Amalekites and Joshua was the one called to lead Israel’s hosts.  It must have been quite a challenge to him yet he did not run away from it.  He must have realized that it was an opportunity to prove the Lord and his own spiritual metal.  Little did he know that this was preparation ground for something bigger later on. This is often the procedure of the Lord with His servants. 

2/. IN STANDING AGAINST THE TEN SPIES   Numbers 13

 

He, along with Caleb, rejected the spirit and attitude of the other ten who were of a  fearful mind and spirit.  There was an attitude of defiance in him to the negativism and pessimism of his compatriots and God was pleased with this mind and heart set. It is stated of Joshua and Caleb that they were of ‘a different spirit.’ 

3/.  IN ASSUMING THE ROLE OF LEADER   Joshua 1

Taking over from Moses was enough to scare anyone off.  This man had seen all that Moses had accomplished and had to put up with and he could have readily backed off from such a divine appointment.  Moses looked an intimidating figure and had exercised so much authority in God and these factors could have made him refuse the position.

5/. IN READINESS TO TAKE ON ALL THEIR ENEMIES    Joshua 1

 

The Lord gave a list of the formidable powers that would be there to resist any attempt to take their territory.  They would not readily give in and up, so an enormous spirit would be required to see the whole project through.  It would not be an easy agenda as he had Israel to deal with as well.  There would be problems and difficulties in this task but he knew with God, all things were possible.  As far as he was concerned, God, His presence, promises and power were sufficient to bring about the downfall of all the opposition and make Israel the total possessors of the whole land. The story is one of courage and conquest. 

6/.  IN THE PREPAREDNESS TO CHALLENGE ISRAEL WITH A CHOICE OF GREAT CONSEQUENCES   – Joshua 24

In coming to the end of his days, one does not find him in a weak, insipid state but was wide awake and as a strong as ever in spirit.  He was not for turning at the climax of his life.  With regard to himself and his household his mind was clearly made up: “We are going to serve the Lord.”  But he set the tone for the leadership and nation for years to come by his bold approach and created the spiritual climate for others to make the same kind of commitment.

                                             gozo

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