After reading 23 of the 24 chapters in Joshua we arrive at Joshua’s charge to the people before he dies. “Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!” Joshua 24:6-14
This charge comes after Joshua shares a word from the Lord in which the Lord assures the people that HE has been with them all along the way. So as they face the soon-coming death of their leader, Joshua, and his removal from the scene, God reminds them that He has been with them their entire journey and He still remains. He tells them:
I took your father Abraham from the other side of the River, led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his descendants and gave him Isaac. 24:3
To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau 24:4
To Esau I gave the mountains of Seir to possess 24:4
I sent Moses and Aaron 24:5
I plagued Egypt, according to what I did among them 24:5
Afterward I brought you out 24:5
Then I brought your fathers out of Egypt 24:6
…your eyes saw what I did in Egypt 24:7
And I brought you into the land of the Amorites 24:8
I gave them into your hand 24:8
I destroyed them from before you. 24:8
And the men of Jericho fought against you… But I delivered them into your hand. 24:11
I sent the hornet before you which drove them out from before you 24:12
I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant. 24:13
God wanted the people to remember. He was with them all along the way.
We need to be reminded ourselves, often.
Jesus is working in us, through us and around us all along the way.
Diane Hunt served for 16 years on the staff of America’s Keswick until recently when she and her husband relocated to North Carolina. She now continues serving as a contributing writer and Partner Care consultant. Diane is also a Biblical Counselor, speaker, teacher, and author. She delights in the opportunities she has as a women’s conference and retreat speaker to share from God’s word. Many of her illustrations are drawn from her relational experiences as a wife, mother, and mema. They are the very relationships that bring her the greatest joy and the most fun!