The Threshold From Wilderness to Promised Land (Part I)

Whenever we stand on the threshold of departing the wilderness and entering the Promised Land, a shift in mindset and attitude is essential.

This series of devotionals is inspired by a book titled, The Jordan River Rules, by Robert J. Morgan.

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Joshua 1:1-2 

Finally, the time has come when the Israelites are ready to cross the Jordan River. However, just as they are about to go through this major shift,  they are experiencing their greatest change in forty years. Moses, their fearless leader had died and they were supposed to embark upon something they had never experienced. Therefore, the Lord spoke to Joshua.

The Lord told Joshua to arise and go! Joshua was having his own encounter with God, so that he could lead the people based on what the Lord had shown him.

If we are going to lead people, we need to catch God’s vision and timing and remain in tune with Him. Joshua no longer had Moses to rely on. He had to hear God for himself and get his marching instructions from Him.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1: 8-9

The Lord provided several instructions to Joshua as they prepareed for this life-altering transition:

1.Meditate on the book of the law

Amidst significant change, we must not allow busyness to distract us from meditating on God’s word. It is the anchor that keeps us steady in turbulent times.

2.Be strong and courageous

Change demands strength and courage. It can be uncomfortable and unsettling. Yet, as we anchor ourselves in God’s word, we find the strength and courage needed for the journey.

3.Do not be afraid or dismayed

The Lord understands that the unknown can evoke fear and anxiety. He reassured Joshua of His presence, promising to be with him wherever he went. Faith in God’s power and presence brings peace and confidence in the face of uncertainty.

Are you in a season of transition? Are you meditating on God’s word? Are you ready to shed old mindsets and embrace the new with fresh vision?


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