December 12 - Joshua 1:10-18

December 12 - Joshua 1:10-18

10 And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, 11 “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’”

12 And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said, 13 “Remember the word that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, ‘The Lord your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’ 14 Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them, 15 until the Lord gives rest to your brothers as he has to you, and they also take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and shall possess it, the land that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.”

16 And they answered Joshua, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you. Only may the Lord your God be with you, as he was with Moses! 18 Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and courageous.”

As we look at the book of Joshua, we see the Israelites verbally commit to following Joshua and being obedient to what God commands. Here we go again. The Israelites truly struggle, just as you and I struggle, with obedience to God. This passage seems to indicate that the people are serious about taking possession of the Promised Land. This reminds me of myself when I have repented of sin and told God I would not sin that sin again. Yet, shortly, I find myself coming back to God and seeking His forgiveness.

Have you ever found yourself in such a predicament? God’s grace is boundless. Ask Him again for forgiveness and to be led by the Holy Spirit as you navigate this life.

Heavenly Father, how often I have to come to You to ask for Your forgiveness for my actions, my words and my thoughts.  Thank You for loving me through those times when I am disobedient and disappoint You.  I wish I didn’t have such a struggle with knowing what I should do and doing the opposite, but I do.  I used to say, “I’m only human!”, but I know that is just an excuse.  You give me the ability to be obedient and I have a will of my own and often make the wrong choice.  Forgive me, Father, as I know You do, and forgive me again.  I believe, help me with my unbelief. 

In Jesus’ name.



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