“Therefore take diligent heed to yourselves, that you love the Lord your God.” Joshua 23:11
Joshua lived a long and lively life. His life began in slavery and ended in a sanctuary in the Promised Land, and God used him greatly the whole time. He led the children of Israel into victory over their enemy, conquered the land and claimed the promises God had given them. In other words, Joshua fought the good fight, finished the course and kept the faith.
I’ve learned over the years that God gives people great insight as they approach the end of their lives, and in chapter 23 we glean a great deal of insight from Joshua. One of the precious truths he shared with the children of Israel was to “take diligent heed to yourselves, that you love the Lord your God.” Sound familiar? This was also one of the precious truths Jesus shared at the end of His life when He said in Matthew 22:37-39, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the prophets.”
We are all on a conquest of faith today and if we allow this great insight to guide our lives, we too will be greatly used. Join us Wednesday night as we open Joshua 23 and look deeper into “Joshua’s Farewell Address”.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!