Joshua 1:5—No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or forsake you.
What is your motivation for reading the Bible? Some people enjoy the stories. Others find that the instruction and advice is valuable. Personally, when I study Scripture I am looking for ways to apply it to my life. One year as I read through the Word I put a “P” beside every verse where God gave a promise. I used a green marker so that now whenever I am reading I can quickly spot promises throughout Genesis to Revelation.
Joshua 1:5 contains two promises. First God told Joshua that his enemies would not prevail against him. Moses made this same promise to the nation of Israel in Deuteronomy 7:24. “ . . . No one will be able to stand against you. . .” Later when Joshua faced five Amorite kings seeking to destroy the city of Gibeon, God again reminded him, “Do not be afraid of them, for I have handed them over to you. Not one of them will be able to stand against you” (10:8). Just as God said, Joshua prevailed against every threat.
Second, on multiple occasions, God promised Joshua that just as He was with Moses, He would be with him and not forsake him,. In Exodus 3:12, God promised Moses. “I will certainly be with you. . .” A seasoned Moses reminded Joshua in front of the whole nation to be strong because God would go before him and be with him and never leave or forsake him. Imagine how encouraged Joshua felt knowing that he walked with God’s protection and presence every day!
Now let’s read something that is incredibly uplifting. The author of Hebrews knew of God’s promises to Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon and Israel. He surely knew that Psalm 94:14 promised, “The LORD will not forsake His people or abandon His heritage.” Therefore with inspired confidence he wrote: “Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. Therefore, we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
When you know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, God resides in you through the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16). With confidence you can take Joshua 1:5 and insert your name and claim those two great promises. No one can stand against the hope you have in Christ; the inheritance you possess for eternity. God will not leave you or forsake you!
The Bible is exceedingly powerful for us when we rightfully (in context) claim His promises! So read them and live them. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
Every promise of God in this book I desire to believe, every command of God in this book I desire to accept.—Andrew Murray inAbsolute Surrender
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)