Disclaimer: This is not a prosperity gospel post. You will never hear me preach that following Jesus or obeying God will lead to worldly riches beyond your imagination.
“‘Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.'” – Joshua 1:8
It seems like a stupid question. Who doesn’t want to succeed at everything?
When you break it down, we all want to be rich, famous, loved, succeeding at every single thing we touch and be the envy of all of our friends and family. It’s human nature to want to be better than the guy before us and better than anyone who ever comes after us.
That’s just the way we are.
What if I told you that was possible? What if I told you that you could succeed at everything?
Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not preaching any kind of prosperity gospel. Have lives been improved as a result of following Jesus and obeying God? Sure. It happens. The Bible is full of people like that (Joseph, Joshua, Moses, David, Solomon) and in our world today, some people have become wealthy in the eyes of the world as they grow wealthy in the eyes of God.
But that doesn’t happen with everyone. People’s lives seem to stay the same while their souls become nourished, and when they are in sync with the will of God in their lives, everything seemingly falls into place. They prosper in all that they do.
I think we in America tend to misinterpret this verse in the book of Joshua, and we misinterpret Joseph’s life circumstance as well. We think that by following God, we’re all of a sudden going to be promoted to higher ranks in whatever job we’re involved in or we’ll be offered an amazing job outside of our current company or our dream job will finally happen for us.
But that’s not what is going on here.
God gave Joshua a heavy burden. He was Moses’ replacement to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. I’m sure Joshua was frightened and worried that He would not be able to fill Moses’ sandals. I know I would be!
But God tells Joshua the key to doing his job: Study the Law, meditate on it, and all will be well. You’ll succeed.
Have you found God’s purpose for your life? Has God given you a path to walk but it doesn’t seem to be happening the way you think it should? Does it feel like you’re failing?
Heed God’s words to Joshua:
“‘Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night…Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left.'” – Joshua 1:8,7b
Only then will you be successful.
So, when you feel like you are struggling and everything is falling apart, remember: the only key to success is following God and obeying His Words.
“‘For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.'” (v. 9b)
This is what the Sovereign LORD says.