Our Bible reading group is studying Joshua like a crockpot on simmer. It is great to sit on a passage and let God permeate my heart, mind, and soul. One of our members quoted Charles Spurgeon:
Some people like to read so many [Bible] chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul asoak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up in your very soul, till it saturates your heart!
Joshua 1:2 (NASB95) reads:
2 “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.
This verse reinforces that Moses had to die before the people could enter the Promised Land. Let’s remember that because of his disobedience at Kadesh, God told Moses that he would not enter the Promised Land. The “therefore” provides the link between “Moses My servant is dead” and “now … arise, cross this Jordan.” God took out Moses, and it was time for Joshua to lead the people into the Promised Land.
Joshua 1:2 reveals that Joshua was at his “time of now.”
Many times throughout life, a Christ-follower experiences their personal “time of now.” However, before the arrival at their “time of now,” there is a condition precedent that must take place. Only after God sets the stage, does the “time of now” come into existence. Some serious questions to ask are below.
Is God bringing me to my “time of now?” Do I comprehend my condition precedent that God must first fulfill? Will I be patient as He leads me to my “time of now?”
Am I at my “time of now?” Has my condition precedent been fulfilled? Have I arisen and crossed my “Jordan” in obedience to God? Am I still waiting to arise? If so, why haven’t I yet arisen and began to cross my God-assigned “Jordan”?
May God allow each of us to be perceptive to where stand vis-à-vis our “time of now.”
I hope y’all have a great day. As Sergeant Phil Esterhuas used to say on “Hill Street Blues” after every morning roll call, “let’s be careful out there.”