BIBLE READING: Joshua 1-4
As we read the first four chapters of Joshua, we see our new leader, Joshua, taking over for Moses. Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt at age 80. We know he doesn’t get to enter the promise land because he struck the rock (Numbers 20:11). Moses made other mistakes, (Mark 10:4 says that he gave the right to divorce and we know God was against that). In Exodus chapters 3 and 4 we see several excuses he makes to God so that he won’t have to lead God’s people. Even before all of that, we see him kill a man in Exodus 2:12. Moses was a flawed man, but he was a man God could use. Joshua arrives on the scene fired up and ready to go. He constantly told the people to be strong and courageous. Joshua is on a spiritual high and ready to lead. The task at hand is huge and he is ready to lead. In chapter 2 we see the faith of Rahab in hiding the spies. This faith of a sinful woman leads her to be in the hall of fame of faith and the genealogy of Christ. Moses, Joshua and Rahab all have sins and flaws, but God uses them to fulfill His plan. God can use us even though we struggle with sin. We must be open to being used by God to help His plan. Please don’t forget how important God’s work is. Don’t get caught up in your work and ignore His. Chapter 4 shows us a memorial that Joshua had built. Why? Because as God’s people we need to remember that God is with us and when He is with us nothing is impossible; even for flawed people.