Joshua: A 14 day devotional- DAY 9

Day 9 “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you.  Do not turn away from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.  This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you 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.” (Joshua 1:7-9)

For then you will make your way prosperous and you will have good success.” At the very center of this passage, in the hub of this web of courage, strength, success, and prosperity is our own interaction with God’s Word.  It cannot be overstated that there is a direct correlation between a believer’s dedication to God’s Word and his ability to live in obedience to God, be strong, courageous, and successful. Never confuse the success you may have as anything other than God’s unmerited grace and mercy on your life.  “Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of heavenly lights.” (James 1:17)  “Apart from me (Jesus) you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)  This being said, God seems to be indicating to Joshua that the success and prosperity that He is promising will come in cooperation with Joshua’s obedient hard work and effort.  While God will ultimately provide, Joshua must “make his way.”  It is important to know that in most cases, God blesses us through our own “sanctified sweat” in life and ministry.  James tells us that “faith apart from works is dead.” (James 3:26)  It seems as though the formula for God’s Success in our lives is this-  Faith that God will do/accomplish His purposes in our lives + Working hard in demonstration of that faith = God Success.  The person who has great faith but does not work hard will never see God’s full blessing in His life.  The one who works hard in his own strength apart from faith in God and His Way may accomplish temporal, worldly success, but ultimately will miss out on God’s success for his life. 
  1. Who gets the credit of any success you may experience in life?
  2. Does your faith in God inspire you to work hard?