In Joshua 1, the newly minted leader of God’s people has some pretty big shoes to fill. And in the first nine verses of this chapter, he gets his marching orders.
Cross the Jordan River.
Be strong and courageous.
Meditate on God’s word.
Meditate. Don’t let it depart from your mouth. Think about it again and again. All day. All night. Let it be a constant murmur in the background of your life. Do it. Let it become so much a part of you that speaking it comes as naturally as breathing.
And you will be successful.
True confession: promises of success make me nervous. Even when they’re in the Bible.
Enter my trusty Hebrew-Greek keyword Bible and I find the word successful mingling with words like wisdom, understanding, insight, intellectual comprehension, being upright, flourishing.
I wonder if Joshua wanted to skip to the “cross the Jordan River” part. Sometimes I do, don’t you? I’m a sucker for action steps. For things that have measurable, quantifiable outcomes. For numbers.
But Joshua gave himself three days.
I imagine there was a lot of meditating going on during those 72 hours. A lot of waiting on (and begging for) the strength and courage that God commanded. A lot of murmuring.
And then Joshua led God’s people right on through the Jordan River.
This week, let’s not splash headlong into our own rivers of impossibility alone. Let’s not struggle and strain to muster up the strength and courage to which we feel called.
Let’s let God’s word settle deep into our hearts and minds. Let’s come back to it again and again.
I believe it’s there that the strength and courage will come.
I believe it’s there that we’ll get the command, at just the right time and in just the right way, to cross our own Jordans.