“Are you ready?” (Joshua 1-4)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which so clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”  Hebrews 12:1

This morning I began my day with the usual routine.  I got up before Sherry (just a few minutes).  I quietly went to the bathroom and then got ready in the dark.  I walked quietly to the kitchen, closed our bedroom door. Then, as usual, I turned on the Keurig machine.  The first words I saw on the machine were these, “Not ready.”  These words come up every morning as a reminder to wait until the water for the coffee gets hot. I have seen these words a thousand times, but today they took on new meaning as I was anticipating today’s readings.

Today we begin the book of Joshua.  I have been waiting and waiting for God’s people to get here.  Today, Joshua becomes the leader of Israel and today he is given the order to move into the Promised Land.  Today will be the day when Israel goes to where she has never been before.  Here is a simple, easy to follow, outline of the first 4 chapters:

  • In chapter one God gives a clear declaration for His people to arise-go-and conqueror.
  • In chapter two God gives encouragement to His people through the report of the spies.
    • The spies discover the sovereign grace of God in encountering a prostitute who has been given wisdom, understanding, and faith in the one true God.
    • The spies discover the sovereign power of God in hearing of the nations fear of the true and living God.
  • In chapter three God gives a great miracle to prove that the way is open to conqueror the Promised land.
  • In chapter four God directed the people to place a marker as a reminder of what God is doing for the people.

Brothers and sisters, “imagine how the book of Joshua would be so different, if the people had not obeyed God in entering the Promised Land?”  The fact is, we really do not have to imagine, the book of Numbers tells us the story of how their forefathers did not obey and what it cost them.

Question:  “Does your life say, “ready or not ready,” when it comes to God’s direction for your life?”

With all of my heart I want to always be ready to do the will of God.

How can we always be ready?  We must follow the directions of the Lord, given to Joshua:

  1.  You must believe you are never alone,1:5b.
  2. You must trust that God will lead you in triumph, 1:6
  3. You must obey all God’s commands for your life, 1:7-8.

This day, I want to be ready!!!  This is why Hebrews 12:1 is so important for our lives.  This is also why we must proclaim our faith in Hebrews 13:5 “He never leaves us or forsakes us.”

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