Scripture Reading: Joshua 24:29-33
“Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work that the Lord did for Israel.” (Joshua 24:31)
We now come to the end of Joshua’s life — “After these things Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being 110 years old. And they buried him in his own inheritance at Timnath-serah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Goash” (vs. 29,30). The Scripture itself gives the greatest tribute to Joshua by calling him “the servant of the Lord.” There is no question that Joshua was an outstanding leader; but his greatest trait was that he served the Lord faithfully all of his life.
The effect of Joshua’s servant leadership is summed up in these words — “Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua” (v. 31). Joshua learned early on how much he had to depend upon the Lord. When he took over the leadership of God’s people from Moses, God spoke these words to him — “Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to your fathers” (1:5,6). Joshua believed God and acted on God’s promises.
Joshua learned that success comes when we take the Word of God seriously — “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 shall make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (1:8). Joshua was successful and prosperous because he took to heart these words from God.
Joshua was in a passionate pursuit of God. He knew God was faithful. Do you remember his words to the people toward the end of his life? “And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed” (23:14).
Joshua, the servant of the Lord, was one of the greatest leaders God’s people had during the Old Testament era. God was with him and the day came when Joshua received his greater inheritance in the very presence of the God he served.
Lord God, I want my life to count for Your glory. Enable me to live my life in such a way that others will say of me one day that I was a “servant of the Lord.” Let me depend upon You every moment of my life and let me find success as I meditate upon Your Word and seek to put into practice what I learn from it.
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