Joshua 11: Radical Commitment
I like the way that Joshua operates in chapter 11 of the book named after him. He is told that he needs to conquer all of the other cities in the land. I think that if I was in a similar situation, I would have been a little nervous. However, if Joshua was nervous, we never hear about it.
Jos 11:6 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.
Jos 11:7 So Joshua came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly; and they fell upon them.
Notice the simplicity. God told him not to be afraid, and he simply wasn’t afraid. In the next verse, he came and went right to work.
I think that this is the attitude that we need to have towards God. If He tells us to do something, we need to do it. No matter how daunting the task may seem, we still need to be willing to do what God tells us to do.
Joshua did that at multiple times throughout his life. However, I think that Jesus is an even better example. After all, He had to face His own death with full knowledge of what it would entail. He knew all of the pain that He would suffer, but He did it because God wanted Him to. I am sure that He was not looking forward to that experience, but He did it nevertheless.
I think that we would all be in a better spot if we had this attitude. Obviously, we do not want to be confident in our own strength, but God has told us that we do not need to be afraid of anything because He is on our side. We can be confident in His strength.
Why then do we need to worry?