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October 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left”—Joshua 23:6 (NKJV)
Joshua is beginning to pass the baton of political and spiritual leadership to the next generation of Israelites who would now establish their presence in the Promised Land. As he does so, we can’t miss the charge that he gives to the people in the passage above. Knowing they would be without him, he calls them to cling to the thing that would remain long after he’d gone . . . God’s Word.
Not only would the Word of the Lord abide despite Joshua’s absence, it would also serve to direct them in the ways of God. What’s more, when they would inevitably stray from God’s path (which would occur over and over throughout Israel’s history), the Word could be counted on to lead them back to the way of righteousness.
By pointing Israel to God’s Word, Joshua was pointing the people to the spiritual compass that would always point them God-ward.
Fast forward several centuries, and we find that a lot remains the same. Our lives are on a similar trajectory as Israel’s, and with each new season or opportunity, we’re faced with many decisions on what we should do.
This friend or that friend? This job or that job? This invitation or that invitation? This commitment or that commitment? The scenarios never end, and our lives will reflect the sum total of the choices we make. Right choices will result in a life that’s found in the way of righteousness; wrong choices will lead to an opposite experience.
How are we to decide what’s right from what’s wrong? Joshua told us all those years ago! God’s Word—the Bible—acts as the spiritual compass that always points us to the right path. By it, we discern the direction and decisions that align with God’s heart for our lives.
Now, the Bible may not specifically tell you where to work, what school to attend, or who to befriend. However, it does give us every overarching principle we need in order to make the all-important, life-defining decisions in life. It spells out the spiritual pitfalls we need to avoid and shows us how we’re to order our priorities.
When Joshua drew his last breath, Israel couldn’t claim to be without all it needed to live out the life God desired for them . . . and neither can we.
DIG: What was the significance of Joshua’s command in the passage above?
DISCOVER: How does this command relate to our lives as Christians?
DO: Consider ways you can intentionally involve God’s Word more in your decision making.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.