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Joshua 1:5

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Joshua 1:5

5  There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, [so] I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Joshua has been told to lead Israel across the Jordan River and take the land that the Lord had given them. the exact boundaries were given to him. However, the land was full of some powerful Canaanite tribes who would not simply lay down and surrender their homeland.

Thus, the Lord made this promise to Joshua. It was no small thing for Joshua to know that no man would be able to stand against him for the rest of his life. But, it was one in which he needed to trust, if he were to be successful in his mission. 

The extraordinary godly character of Joshua is displayed in this passage. How many men would be able to have that kind of power without misusing it at least once? Yet, God trusted Joshua enough to guarantee that no man would be able to defeat him.

Moses was the example that God set before Joshua. No one had ever been able to resist Moses' authority. Joshua was there when Korah, Dathan, and Abiram had attempted a coup and were quickly destroyed by the Lord. So, God said, "...as I was with Moses, [so] I will be with thee." If seeing is believing, Joshua certainly had no reason to ever doubt God's word.

"I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." Failure to keep a promise is not something that God is able to do. It would be contrary to His character. He would not be the perfect all powerful God that we know, if he were able to fail at anything.

The modem Christian has received the same promise and has the same role models to follow as Joshua had. Jesus said, "All power is given unto me... and behold, I am with you always." The power and authority given to Him were the same that God had in the days of Joshua. The words of Jesus are as trustworthy as the words of His Father. He and His Father are one God.

Let us therefore go into battle and bring down the gates of Hell. Joshua was facing a worldly enemy but needed to be spiritually strong. We face a spiritual enemy and need to be equally as strong.

Before the Throne:

Pray for the faith to serve our Lord without any wavering or fear. Thank Him for the promise to always be with you. What do you believe He wants you to accomplish today? Pray about that. Ask Him for the assurance that what you will do is truly His will. Pray that no man will be able to stand against you. Then, go!

For Further Study:

(v.5) * There shall. Deut 7:24; Deut 20:4; Ps 46:11; Rom 8:31, 37; * as I was. Josh 1:9, 17; Josh 3:7; Josh 6:27; Exod 3:12; Deut 31:8, 23; Matt 28:20; Acts 18:9-10; 2Tim 4:17; * I will not. Deut 31:6-8; Isa 41:10-14; Isa 43:2-5; Heb 13:5;



Author David Roth has been the Multihousing and Community Outreach Director for the York Baptist Association in Rock Hill, S.C. for nearly 20 years. He is the founder and pastor of Midtown Ministries, an inner city ministry to over 50 children and is presently pastoring My Radical Church, a new church plant that is focusing on reaching the homeless and poorest of the city. He has written over 3,000 daily bible studies and is in the process of posting them on this website.

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