In our study of Joshua chapter one, we will see the call on this leader's life to seize the gift that God had promised. We will see what our "promised land" is and the battle plan for grabbing hold of it.
"After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' aide:" NIV translation
We begin with an introduction to Israel's new leader Joshua. His name means "Jehovah is salvation" and it is the same word as "Jesus" in the New Testament. He was born a slave in Egypt and was an aide to Moses as they left. He was chosen by God to replace Moses as the leader of His people.
"'Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give them - to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates - all the Hittite country - to the Great Sea on the west. No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.'" NIV translation
We see God commission Joshua as the next leader of His people. He is called to go and take the land that God was giving them and he was assured that he would be able to take all that was promised.
That brings us to the question: What does the "promised Land" have to do with us as Christians? There are those who have compared it to heaven and crossing a river after death. That is not what it means because Joshua had to fight for the land that God was giving him and we do not have to fight to get into heaven. God had given the Israelite people the land as a gift but they had to go and seize it. The gift that God has given us on this earth is to walk with Christ and our life in Him on this earth is our "promised land".
"'Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.'" NIV translation
He was reminded of the fact that God was just keeping the promise that He had originally made to Abraham. We, too, can be strong and courageous as we know that Jesus promised that He would never leave or forsake us as we grab hold of our inheritance on this earth.