For Then... | Thoughts on Joshua 1:8-9 / by Rachel Nordgren

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Joshua 1:8-9 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Sidebar: In the first chapter of Joshua, the Lord commands Joshua to "be strong and courageous" no less than three times - v. 6, 7, and 9. If God said it that many times in that short of a space, we should pay attention.

Joshua is called by the Lord to take the place of Moses as the leader of the Israelites. God gives instruction to Joshua about how to have "prosperous" and "good success" in what He has called him to do. That instruction...and maybe some parallels for us?

  • Don't let the Book of the Law depart from your mouth (Scripture Memorization)
  • Meditate on God's Word day and night (Meditation + Memorization)
  • Be careful to do what is written in it (Obedience)

For then, God says, your way will be prosperous, and you will have good success. There is a direct relationship between heeding God's instruction and prosperity/success. Now, lest you think I'm going all Joel Osteen on you, here's what I believe this passage means: listening to, meditating on, and obeying God's Word will always lead to HIS definition of prosperity and success. It will lead to...

  • A deeper understanding of His Word and His character
  • Godly wisdom
  • Knowledge of how to act prudently

I also think that God's definition of prosperity comes in verse 9, as well. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." We have the ability to walk fearlessly and courageously in this life, because we know that the Lord is with us. We've read the back of the book, we know that He conquered sin and death, and that HE WINS.

May this truth encourage your heart today, dear one!

Under Grace, Rachel

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