We have something we believe we MUST do. Now how do we go about doing it? There’s a right way, and there’s a whole bunch of wrong ways. That’s what obedience is all about.
Now we get down to the nitty-gritty. Joshua was being exhorted by God to be strong and courageous. But to what end? The major theme of verses 6-9 is obeying the Law. Joshua’s courage was to be put in the service of obeying the Law. And obeying the Law would give him success in his mission to lead God’s people into the Promised Land.
So now we see that courage has an aim to it. The aim to do what’s right. The aim to obey all God has said.
Isn’t that often the case? We’re afraid of doing the right thing. We’re rather do the safe thing, or the thing that’s acceptable to others, or the thing that we know we can do easily. But none of those things are often the right thing, at least not when push comes to shove.
So now we see the scheme. We’re on a mission from God. The mission rightfully prompts fear in us, both because it’s so big and because we’re personally invested in it. We overcome our fear through courage. And we employ our courage so that we do what’s right, what God commands, so that we can be successful in our mission.
As busy people, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s right in favor of what’s useful, or functional, or what will resolve a problem as quickly as possible so we can move on to the next thing. Or worse, we know what’s right, but our willpower fades and we choose a different way, to our own detriment.
Just as Joshua was commanded to meditate on the Law day and night so he’d do it and not go off in the wrong direction, so too do we need to keep God’s Law in our hearts and minds so we go the right way with all our activity.
So how do we keep God’s Law in front of us in the midst of our busy lives? Here are some suggestions:
- Ask God one question: What are you doing today? When you receive an answer, join Him in it. (Ask how if you need more direction.)
- This post contains suggestions for a minimalist way to read Scripture and let it sink into your heart.
Question: How do you keep God’s Law at the forefront of your mind as you work?
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