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Joshua 1:5 ” I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

It’s happened to all of us…someone who we think is a trustworthy friend betrays us.  While it hurts and humiliates us, we can also learn from it.  We can either decide to put up an emotional wall…letting no one on the other side, and self-isolating ourselves from the world.  Or we can take the lessons we’ve learned and look to our heavenly Father to reestablish that lost trust.  It says in Deuteronomy 7:9, “…your God is God; He is the faithful God keeping His covenant of love…”  Our God is reliable.  He will never abandon or turn His back on us.  Within Him is no deception…for He is steadfast and worthy of all our trust.

Joshua 1:8 ” Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

So many times I get into the Bible,  only to not be able to remember a single thing I read an hour later.  It’s not that I  don’t want to glean wisdom from the Word…it’s just that my mind wanders and my attention wanes.  Meditation simply means to contemplate, reflect, or dwell upon…which then takes reading the Bible to a whole different level.  When I can take a passage I’m reading and ponder how I can apply it practically  to my life…the scripture will then morph into a plan, and an aspiration for me.  I can take what I just read and apply it to my life and it then becomes part of me.

Joshua 22:5 ” But be very careful to keep the commandments and the Law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.”

It’s your first day of work at a new job, and how do you spend most of it?  Reading and signing paperwork.  There are contracts, job descriptions, and policies and procedures to review and sign.  But as a Believer, you also have a job description for the work the Lord wants  you to be doing here on earth.  This scripture shows us we are responsible to so well represent the Lord,  that if someone looks at us,  they will only see the love of Jesus shining forth.  Our relationship with God should be such, that our faith is never doubted…our love for Him never questioned…our worship of Him, uncompromising and pure.  Yes, our obligation to the Lord is great…but not in any comparison to the reward.

House Rules – If you sleep in it…make it.

Joshua 24:15 reads, “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…”   Maybe you’ve heard the old saying, You’ve made your bed, now sleep in it.  Unfortunately, we all live with the consequences of  bad choices we’ve made in the past, for our days are filled with choices…some good, some not so good… but with the Lord’s guidance,  He can help us make the best choices for us.  Wise and good choices that will have eternal consequences.

Joshua 1:6-7 ” Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous…”

In this scripture, God is commanding Joshua to lead the Children of Israel into the Promised Land.  To the human mind this was an almost impossible undertaking…moving a vast sea of humanity from point A to point B.  But the Lord is girding up Joshua’s loins so to speak by commanding him to be brave and fearless…to look beyond what he saw  to what God envisioned for them.    The Lord may have a scary scenario coming up this year for you…when He calls, will you step out with the same determination and boldness as Joshua did,  or allow the fear of impossibility  to take over?

Joshua 1:5 ” No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

No matter what, the Lord is there for you.  His presence doesn’t hinge on how good you try to be or how many times you read His Word and pray…No, it doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do… God’s always there.  Maybe you’ve been abandoned or deserted by someone in the past,  so now you feel you can’t trust God.  But it’s different with the Lord, for His covenant with you is unbreakable, unchangeable, unshakeable.  Realize today…God will never leave  or forsake you.

Joshua 23:14 ” You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.”

The Lord is faithful to all His promises…not just some…not just to the ones He wants to keep.  No, God cannot go back on His promises to you.  His Word is eternal…His covenant is forever.  His precious promises to you will never  fall short…they will never be in vain.