by Neil Anderson

September 25

Joshua 1:7-8 

“…Be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you… then you will have success”

A helpful perspective of success in the Christian life is seen in Joshua’s experience of leading Israel into the Promised Land. God said to him: “Be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have 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 success” (Joshua 1:7, 8).

Was Joshua’s success dependent on other people or circumstances? Absolutely not. Success hinged entirely on his obedience. If Joshua believed what God said and did what God told him to do, he would succeed. Sounds simple enough, but God immediately put Joshua to the test by giving him a rather unorthodox battle plan for conquering Jericho. Marching around the city for seven days, then blowing a horn, wasn’t exactly an approved military tactic in Joshua’s day!

But Joshua’s success was conditional on obeying God regardless of how foolish His plan seemed. As Joshua 6:1-18 records, Joshua’s success had nothing to do with the circumstances of the battle and everything to do with obedience. That should be your pattern too. Accept God’s goal for your life and follow it obediently.

Don’t take this truth lightly. You can be successful if you commit yourself to being what God has called you to be and follow Him obediently. You can be successful in business and remain in God’s will even when your competition conducts business under the table and cheats on taxes. You can run for public office and win with a campaign that doesn’t compromise God’s will. Remember: You can be a failure in the eyes of the world and a success in the eyes of God… and vice versa.

Prayer: Lord, I want to be a success in Your eyes. Help me to be strong and courageous in doing Your will.

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  1. Isn’t it funny that the world’s definitions are always in sharp contrast to God’s truth.

Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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