Joshua was a man greatly committed to God. The Bible says that even as a young man, he was – ‘a man in whom is the Spirit.’ We learn also from the Bible that as an old man, Joshua was still someone who had a tremendous spiritual influence upon the nation of Israel. Scripture says – “And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua…”
Joshua’s strong spiritual commitment came from his strong spiritual convictions. Consider this portion of his final sermon to the people.
Joshua 23:6 “Therefore, be very strong to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, turning aside from it neither to the right hand nor to the left…”
It is important to note these instructions were the same instructions God had given to Joshua forty-five years earlier. We read from the first chapter of the book of Joshua –
Joshua 1:7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Over the last several decades, it has been reported that the lifestyles of many professing Christians are not that much different from the lifestyles of many non-professing Christians. Areas within the reports include: inappropriate sexual behavior, drug and alcohol abuse and usage, dishonesty, and even the seeking guidance from a psychic or medium. What has happened to our modern day Christianity? Why is it that our faith is not making a difference in our lives?
Although there may be many factors involved, I believe that much of our defecting is due to a lack of genuine heart-felt Bible study. It is not enough for us to simply believe that the Bible is true. We must constantly be in the Word so that the Word begins to produce within us biblical convictions.
God told Joshua to meditate in the Word – ‘day and night.’ We must fill our hearts and minds with biblical truth so that God’s truth will begin to influence the way we live and the decisions we make.
Apparently Joshua did this and that’s one of the primary reasons he finished well. Even at the age of 110, he still valued the importance of meditating upon God’s Word continuously.