January 23 - Joshua 23: 1-13

January 23 - Joshua 23: 1-13

23 A long time afterward, when the Lord had given rest to Israel from all their surrounding enemies, and Joshua was old and well advanced in years, Joshua summoned all Israel, its elders and heads, its judges and officers, and said to them, “I am now old and well advanced in years. And you have seen all that the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake, for it is the Lord your God who has fought for you. Behold, I have allotted to you as an inheritance for your tribes those nations that remain, along with all the nations that I have already cut off, from the Jordan to the Great Sea in the west. The Lord your God will push them back before you and drive them out of your sight. And you shall possess their land, just as the Lord your God promised you. Therefore, be very strong to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, turning aside from it neither to the right hand nor to the left, that you may not mix with these nations remaining among you or make mention of the names of their gods or swear by them or serve them or bow down to them, but you shall cling to the Lord your God just as you have done to this day. For the Lord has driven out before you great and strong nations. And as for you, no man has been able to stand before you to this day. 10 One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the Lord your God who fights for you, just as he promised you. 11 Be very careful, therefore, to love the Lord your God. 12 For if you turn back and cling to the remnant of these nations remaining among you and make marriages with them, so that you associate with them and they with you, 13 know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you, but they shall be a snare and a trap for you, a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good ground that the Lord your God has given you.

As Joshua is finishing the allotment of land and nearing the end of his life, he reminds the children of Israel of all God had done for them.  God had protected them, guided them, fed them, given them victory in war, given them the land He had promised them, and been there for them throughout their disobedience.  He then warns them of what is ahead for them and how vital it is for them to follow and love God.

As I read these verses I stopped on verse 11 where He tells them to be very careful to love the Lord Your God, and then in the following verses tells them to be careful of the traps they will fall into because they didn’t obey God by not eliminating the enemies when they took the land.  God knew these traps would be their downfall.  That is why He instructed them to not leave anyone alive.  But, as usual, they disobeyed. 

What areas do you find a consistent struggle to be obedient?  Have you seen that God’s protection is in place when we are obedient?  Why do you think God allows us to suffer consequences when we are disobedient rather than force us to follow His desires?


Heavenly Father, how often I fall into the same sin over and over and it is a trap, but one I seem to not fall into because that would be an accident, no, I walk right into the trap at times.  Why do I do that?  You gave me free will, and I just take that free will and walk right into disobedience.  I know that Your laws and commands are there for my protection, so why do I  have so much trouble following Your will for me on some things?  Help me to step forward in faith and follow You without question.  I know that being disobedient is a form of lacking faith.  I want to believe completely.  Why can’t I come like a child and believe without reservation?  I believe, help me with my unbelief.

In Jesus’ name.



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