Joshua Succeeded with the Help of God’s Spirit
Joshua 1:9 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid, and do not be dismayed, for Jehovah your God is with you wherever you go.”
Shortly after the Exodus, the Amalekites launched an uncalled for, unprovoked attack on God’s people, the Israelites. Even though the Israelites were totally unaccustomed to war, they had to engage in their first military action as a freed people. (Ex. 13:17; 17:8) It was Joshua, who was chosen by God to lead the Israelites forces that would annihilate the enemy. With Joshua’s complete obedience and his intense and strong appreciation for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Israel proved victorious. (Ex. 17:9-13) Later, “Joshua the son of Nun [who] was full of the spirit of wisdom” was chosen to succeed Moses. (Deut. 34:9) The Holy Spirit did not give him the ability to prophesy or to perform miracles as the Spirit had in Moses, but Joshua was enabled to lead Israel in the military operation that brought about the conquest of Canaan. Today, some 3,450 years later, we may feel that we are inexperienced or underqualified to carry out certain aspects of our sacred service to God. (Matt. 24:14; 28:19-20; Ac 1:8) Yet, like Joshua, we are guaranteed that we will succeed if we observe, obey and stick closely to the divine instruction from the Word of God. – Joshua 1:7-9.