New seasons come with new requirements. We cannot simply carry on with business as usual. Everything has to be adjusted to the new season we are entering, including our relationship with the Lord.
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. Joshua 1:8
In this passage the Lord is ushering Joshua into a new relationship with Himself. Before we discuss this in detail, it might do us good to look at Joshua’s previous relationship with the Lord.
Basking in the Glory
While we don’t know a lot about Joshua’s previous dealings with God, we do have this little nugget found in Exodus 33:7 – 11.
7 Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp. 8 Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. 9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses. 10 And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door. 11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.
Evidently Joshua would go with Moses when he went to meet with the Lord. After Moses finished meeting with the Lord, Moses would leave the tent but Joshua would stay. While we are not sure of what he was doing while he remained there, I think it would be safe to say he was probably basking in the glory of the experience. Having observed Moses’ relationship with the Lord, he likely remained to ponder what he had just seen. But Moses was now gone. Joshua could no longer ride the coattails of his experience with God. It was time for him to develop his own relationship with the Lord.
The First Leader with a Bible
Do you realize Joshua was the first leader to have a Bible? It’s true! Moses had written five books before his death, and Joshua had access to these. The Lord impressed on Joshua that he was to meditate in these books day and night. Meditation is the process of carefully reading and pondering over the Word of God in order to grasp what the Lord is truly saying to His people. The goal of Joshua’s meditation was that he would be careful to obey what he read. This, in turn, would be the key to his success as he led the people of God to possess their Promised Land. He would be a model of what it looked like to live in the reign of God in his generation.
What’s New with You?
What adjustment is the Lord asking you to make in your relationship with Him as you enter your new season? It could be any one of several things.
He might require you to increase your Bible reading.
He may want you to spend more time in prayer.
The Lord may ask for certain hours of the day to be set aside just for Him.
There may be a certain devotional book He wants you to read through on a daily basis.
The Lord may lead you to follow a new ministry that will help disciple you in your new season.
Whatever it is the Lord is requiring for this new season, it is best to find out what it is and get on with it. It is part of what guarantees our success as we continue our journey of living in the Reign.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.