It was not an easy feat for Joshua to give the officers the commission he received from God (Josh.1:10-11). He reacted to the instruction given him, without delay. How many times do believers in Christ reason and delay for weeks, months and even years without end, the instructions of Almighty God?
To obey, at the Lord’s command, is what brings victory and success (Joshua 1:8). David understood the importance of obedience when he said, “I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments” (Psalm 119:60). Lack of faith, is what often causes a person to disobey God. Have you ever seen a person stand up to do something, but in their heart they are sitting down? “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men,” says Colossians 3:23. Prompt obedience and immediate action is required for the success of whatever God asks His children to do.
Do you run swiftly in the path of His commands? Psalm 119:32 says it more clearly, “I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.”
FAITH and OBEDIENCE
How you respond to the Lord’s command is evidence of your faith. The believer is to trust in God’s ability. He is able! God is able to see you through whatever He requires of you. Joshua was given an impossible task, but the Lord did not leave him on His own to do it. He strengthened Him. He emboldened him with these words: “I will be with you: I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and of good courage” (Josh.1:5,6). The Lord is strengthening you today!
The believer must have faith that God’s Words are true. Do you believe that God has already given you the ability to do what He has asked you to do? With the belief that God’s Words were true, Joshua and the children of Israel entered into their possession. Faith and obedience walk hand in hand. Trust in the Lord with all your heart today! (Prov.3:5). He is alive, He is real.
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