So Joshua

God-whispers

I’ve noticed something about the book of Joshua. First, his character is the same character I pray my future husband possesses. Second, if you read the book, you’ll see that Joshua’s name only appeared after “God” or “The Lord” was mentioned. Joshua always followed God, literally in the book, and literally in his lifetime. The dynamic of their relationship goes something like this:

God said. So Joshua said this.

God said. So Joshua did that.

God said. So Joshua went there.

God said. So Joshua conquered them.

God said, “March around the city. Bring the ark of the covenant. Shout.”

Shout.

Wait, what?

If I put myself in Joshua’s shoes, my first instinct as a commander trying to take a city would be: Fire. At. Will. Seriously. I can imagine his fear and confusion when he was told to use a tactic he did not expect, a battle plan he probably wasn’t used to.

But because God said, Joshua obeyed.

And because he obeyed, God gave him authority.

I want to see and be part of a generation with a “So Joshua” attitude. A “so I will” and “so I did” attitude simply because “God said.”

God said go and make disciples. So I will.

God said love your enemies. So I will.

God said fight the good fight. So I will.

The enemy will try to twist the words from “God said” to “Did God really say that?” as he did with Eve in the Garden of Eden, but I pray for the boldness to stand firm against the lies of doubt, simply because I know what God said. And when I kneel before Him in the throne room, I can say, “You said, so I did.”

I want the same relationship dynamic that Joshua had with God. I want to fight to know the kind of strength that stems from a silent, but solid dependence. The kind that says to God,

“Whatever you have commanded, I will do.

And wherever you send me, I will go.

Even if it seems crazy.

Even if it’s confusing.

Because I trust You.”

Because there is strength in surrender.

There is delight in dependence.

There is an authority for tomorrow in today’s obedience.

And there is great joy to be found in the knowledge that our obedience makes God smile.

So, I pray for eyes that only gaze on Jesus, eyes that see the best in people, eyes that see beyond the walls and giants of life. Ears that tune in to the voice of God. Lips that only speak hope, life, truth, and encouragement. Hands that give and serve, hands that will wield the sword of the Spirit. Feet that are ready to go to lands yet to be conquered and a home yet to be seen. And I pray for a heart that fights to be pure and aligned with the Father’s heart.

 

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)

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