How Much Do We Trust God
This week Brother Jerome reminded us about God’s faithfulness to his people. To put his point across he used the first seven chapters of the book of Joshua. The Book of Joshua begins by the announcement of the death of Moses and the appointment of Joshua as the future leader by God. In that appointment God promised to be with Joshua in the same way he was with Moses. Joshua had a responsibility from then on to trust the voice of God if he was to be a good leader like Moses. Moses had establish a relationship with God to such an extent that he trusted everything God said. That is why Joshua found himself in the position he was. Moses trusted and obeyed God and that led to the Exodus.
In the book of Joshua, God is now leading them to a place of their inheritance as he promised Moses. It is Joshua who must complete what Moses started with God. It’s only God who knows this land of Promise and following his instruction is crucial if they are to get there. The way is replete with challenges and obstacles. Moses had seen it before and learned to trust God. Joshua as the understudy saw all this happen but had to depend on Moses’ obedience and discipline. Now the responsibility lay squarely on his shoulders. As Moses obeyed God with the Red Sea before him and the Egyptian army behind, Joshua saw all that. When water came from a rock, Joshua learned some lessons. When the manna fell, Joshua learned as well. This time he will have to hear from God and pass down the instructions to the people so they can finally go and rest in their land of Promise.
Soon after taking leadership, Joshua had to cross his own waters and he had to follow instructions to the book. We see him part the waters of the Jordan in Joshua 3:14-17 after he followed God’s instructions. The next challenge for him was the city of Jericho. Again God told him that he had given him the city but he was not supposed to fight but match around it for seven days. Joshua did just that. Sometimes God’s instructions don’t make sense but they must be obeyed anyway. Obedience sometimes requires us to do what is different to the norm. The church must come to a place where it knows its God and how He operates, to be successful. There is a time to fight and a time just to walk around quietly. Sometimes the victory will be achieved through shouting. Our problem is that we think there is one way of doing things as the church. We must learn not to react or to behave carnally in matters of the kingdom.
The story of Jericho is a powerful illustration of the wisdom and knowledge of God. Joshua had to learn that as he went along. Obedience resulted in numerous blessing and victories. Disobedience on the other hand had serious consequences. In the midst of all the difficulties and challenges, God still promised to be with Joshua(Joshua 1:9). We are the same today. God does not leave us. He will never leave us. Whether there is the Jordan before us, the Red Sea, the wall of Jericho, even when we are holed up in enemy territory, God is with us there. This is the trust we must develop in our hearts. God is always with us and he will fight for us if he doesn’t tell us to fight.
A few out of the inexhaustible lessons we learnt from the first seven chapters of Joshua includes:
- We have God who is leading us in life and he wants us to obey his commands and directions.
- When the Jews obeyed God in the Old Testament they did well.
- When they disobeyed they did extremely badly
The same is true for us today because God has not changed. When we obey, we will do well. If we disobey, there will be consequences. Obeying God comes from the trust we develop on the journey to the promised land. That trust comes from knowing him and his faithfulness. He has promised, “As I was with Moses, so shall I be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you.”