Joshua 1-3

Joshua 1-3…God commissions Joshua, Rahab hides the spies, and Israel crosses the Jordan.

According to the Lord’s will, Moses appointed Joshua to succeed him in Deuteronomy 31:1–8, and the He came to Joshua after Moses’ death to confirm this selection and urge him to go forth to take the land (Josh. 1:1–9). In commissioning Joshua to possess Canaan, God was simply calling upon him to live out what He had determined before Joshua was born. Since the Lord swore to give Canaan to His people (v. 6; see Gen. 15), Joshua could be sure that he would be victorious in his quest. After all, God keeps His promises, and He promised to be with Joshua and strengthen him wherever he would go (Josh. 1:5, 9).

This pledge of covenant presence is one of the greatest blessings God gives to His people. It is also a promise given to us today through Christ (Heb. 13:5). Still, we should see that it is a promise to be with us and not a promise to keep our lives free from harm, calamity, or suffering. Indeed, we are guaranteed to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but it is likewise certain that our great Shepherd will go through it with us; He will not leave us alone (Ps. 23:4).

Yet God does not promise that we will always feel His presence. Thankfully, our feelings do not determine the truthfulness of His Word, and the Lord is with us whether or not we can feel His presence.