Joshua’s Eyes

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Joshua was a slave under Egyptian taskmasters until he was rescued by Moses and delivered.  Moses gave Joshua his name.  His original name was Hosea son of Nun.   Joshua is Yeshua in Hebrew, which means “the Lord is Salvation.”  This slave grew to become Moses’ successor, and was the only one along with Caleb to set foot in the Promised Land from that generation.  As I listened to David Jeremiah share a message on Joshua’s leadership, I wondered if I had the eyes of Joshua?  Joshua  saw his enemies in the Promised Land and saw God’s promises, not all the “What ifs?”  He was confident that the Israelites could win, and trusted the promises of God!  While all the others complained in fear that they would surely die, Joshua declared, “We can do it!”  The fearful ones claimed there were giants in the land!  His bravery was rewarded by becoming the eventual leader of the Israelites, and the promise of entering the Promised Land. 

The fearful ones were left wandering around in their fear and complaining for 40 years until they all died.  Little Valentina has a map in her Bible of the Israelites’ wandering in the wilderness. If you can visualize this, it was this continuous loop like they were going around in circles.  I beseech you God that we would never wander in this insane loop of fear and complaining, going nowhere fast with no purpose!  I want to have Joshua’s eyes! 

Joshua saw possibilities and promise, the others saw impossible and fear.  They both physically saw the same thing, but Joshua lived up to his name – He saw salvation and promise.  Oh God!  That we would see with Joshua’s eyes!  Whatever the circumstance can I see the impossible  as promises?  Can I see giants as possibilities to grow in my faith and gain confidence in You?  What is your giant issue that you face today?  Can you see it with Joshua eyes?

Joshua received direct orders from God to mediate on His Word day and night, and God promised to always be with Him. 

Joshua 1: 7-9 ( I just read this out loud to my family!  You must read these verses out loud EVEN IF you are alone! Oh my goodness! We can not turn from His Word!  He has asked us to do everything in it! Don’t be afraid; do not be discouraged, for He is with us wherever we go!)

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; 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. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Jesus,

When I am faced with the impossible and feel as if my eyes are seeing a land filled with enemies help me to see Your promises!  Give me the courage of Joshua to say, “With God we can do it!”  Help me to not be flippant about your Word and meditate on it day and night. May Your Words flow from my lips and bless others!   Jesus you promise to always be with us in our journey.  We trust you to be there through it all, and we love you so much.  Great is Your faithfulness!

Amen

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    • AMEN! Sometimes I’m as daring as Joshua, and other times I’m as timid and afraid as little piglet with Pooh. I was reading on in Joshua and after the victorious Jericho they lost a major battle with another group of people (I think it’s the Amorites (sp?)) Strong Joshua cried out to God in weakness and struggle….So, he too, had his moments of “What God?” But one thing is for sure….you are correct….God was always present in Joshua’s life, even when it felt like maybe He wasn’t – He was! I need to remember that

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  1. Good morning Anna! This is Melinda! I heard a wonderful teaching from this Joshua passage that was summed up in this thought: God did not promise easy; He promises His presence!!! Joshua was obviously afraid. Why else would God have repeatedly said “Do not be afraid, be strong and courageous!” Joshua had a huge task before him, to conquer Jericho. God promised His presence in the task, that He would never leave or forsake Joshua! Life is not easy but we have the promise of our glorious LORD’S presence!! Praise!

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