5, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you…6, Be strong and of good courage…7, …do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you…that you may prosper wherever you go. 8, This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night…do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9, …do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
A sign was posted on a textile mill that read, “Call the foreman if your thread becomes tangled.” A young man was new on the job, and his thread became tangled. He thought, “I’ll just straighten this out myself.” He tried. Yet the situation became worse. He finally called the foreman and said, “I did the best I could.” The foreman replied, “Your best option was to trust the sign.”
Joshua had the privilege and challenge of filling the shoes of the mighty Moses. He received assurance from the LORD that he was the chosen one who would lead Israel into the Promised Land, which would also involve war. Yet the LORD’s encouragement did not involve military strategy. It entailed instructions concerning spiritual matters. Their conquest was contingent on their dependence upon the Word of God. Their belief in God’s Word would grant them military success.
Successful kingdom work is dependent upon reliance on God’s Word. Confidence in the sufficiency of the Scriptures will determine one’s effectiveness in God’s mission. Stand on the Word of God. Stand upon God’s Word since your Christ-centered mission depends on it!