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God’s Sovereignty in Joshua 1

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God said to Joshua: “Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses.” If God were not sovereign over the affairs of men, how could he “give” the land others were occupying to the Israelites? If God gives it to them, He must have the ultimate power to do so, and indeed He does.

Then God says to Joshua: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” God being “with” Joshua does not simply mean that God is standing by. It means that God will sovereignly and effectively put down all of Joshua’s enemies in the Promised Land. That’s implied in the fact that God tells Joshua to be “courageous.” Joshua should go forth in battle without fear because he and the Israelites will prevail. There’s nothing to fear, for God already has the sovereign victory over the Canaanite people.

We, too, ought to be courageous, as Joshua was, for we have a sovereign Lord, who will accomplish each and every one of His purposes. He is with us wherever we go, and as we follow His orders, he will grant us success in His desires.



Written by Michael Duenes

April 11, 2015 at 8:47 pm

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