Victory comes through faith in God
In the opening chapter of Joshua, we’re reminded of God’s presence and power as he inspires Joshua to face seemingly insurmountable obstacles with courage. We watch as Rahab, the prostitute with resourcefulness and bravery, assists Israel in its triumph over Jericho ( Jos 2). This unlikely member of the family of God reinforces another lesson from the book of Joshua – that faithfulness to God brings rewards (Jos 14). We smile as Acsah charms her father, Caleb into giving he rand her husband not only a field but also springs to water the field ( Jos 15:13-19). We are amazed at the miracle of the sun standing still (Jos 10) and marvel as the Canaanites’ land is transformed into the Israelites’ land when each tribe is allotted towns, cities and fields (Jos 13-22).
The faithfulness of God is apparent throughout the book of Joshua. As the Israelites begin to put down roots in their new homeland, they shift from a nomadic band of wanderers to a settled community whose existence is totally dependent on God. Although the Israelites are faced with temptations and obstacles Joshua’s strong leadership brings them to success as they rely on and obey God.
In the final chapters of the book, Joshua gathers the people together for his farewell speeches. Knowing their inclination toward disobedience and idolatry, he challenges them to choose whom they will serve (Jos 23-24), an exhortation that’s as fitting for us today as it was for the Israelites thousands of years ago.