Bible Study: Joshua 1:1-9 #6 – The Hidden Help in Doubt

Song of the Week

Song: Another In The Fire by Hillsong UNITED

Mood: Gratitude

Tastes: Buttery

As the Word of God is a living text, people have different ways of interpreting these texts. So, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions down in the comments below! Remember to like and share on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

He Knows What You Need

In the advertising industry, big companies like Coke, Nike, and Apply are all guilty of employing the same fundamental principle in their ad campaigns: Repetition. 

It was statistically proven that the more times a person was exposed to a certain product, the more likely they would be to purchasing it. 

Similarly, God uses repetition to persuade Joshua in chapter 1.  

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.””

Joshua 1:1-9 NIV

Throughout Joshua 1:1-9, God essentially repeatedly reminds Joshua of 2 truths:

  1. Be strong and courageous. (Thrice)
  2. God is always with Him. (Twice)

Why did God do that, though?

I mean, Joshua apparently had the privilege of receiving the Word of God more clearly than some of us, why did God say so much?

Well, if I could receive God’s word as clearly, I’d only need to hear it once. 

It’s Only Human to Doubt

Truth be told, we will never know if Joshua heard the audible voice of God or not. 

The next truth is that Joshua probably was confused if that was really God’s voice or not. 

Just like when God tries to speak to us by impressing upon us or through people or by song, after a little while, doubt starts to creep into our minds:

Did God really…?

Did God really say He will provide me a wife/husband?

Did God really say He will save my family/friends/enemies?

Did God really say He has a plan in mind for my career?

Did God really say He will lead Israel into the Promise lands?

Did God even promise my ancestors? 

Did God…?

It’s only human to doubt. We are logical creatures who are pacified by cold, hard, unmoving numbers. Our minds need empirical data.

But when you make a decision based on empirical data, you are not making a decision based on faith.

God Wants Us to Have Our Breakthrough as Much as We Do, Probably Even More

That’s why God needs to repeat so many times to Joshua, and to us.

God will always repeat His will for you over the span of pre-breakthrough because He understands how fickle we all are. Have you noticed that?

Too bad we’re too distracted but the red bubble at top of your apps on your phones and always inundated by the notifications at the top of your screen. 

Unless you want to hear God more clearly, what you put in is how much you get out of it. 

Call to Action

Be still to receive God’s repetitions. 

Here’s a neat trick I’ve learned to spot selling your time away to your devices:

1 Simple Trick to Not Be Distracted by Your Phone

Turn on gray scale on your phone.

Our phones were designed to make us addicted with all these fanciful colors and sparkly things. 

Trust me, this works like a charm. 

A word of warning, it’s going to be painful to cut cold turkey. But is anything easy ever worth it?

Of course not!

God bless you and gray scale your devices!

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