You have not deserted your brothers even once this whole time but have carried out the requirement of the command of the Lord your God. Now that he has given your brothers rest, just as he promised them, return to your homes in your own land that Moses the Lord’s servant gave you across the Jordan. Only carefully obey the command and instruction that Moses the Lord’s servant gave you: to love the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, keep his commands, be loyal to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your soul.” Joshua blessed them and sent them on their way, and they went to their homes. Joshua 22:3-6
A faithful follower of God never sets the agenda instead he finds where God is at work and then joins Him. Joshua from the text, reminded the people of God of their responsibility to be faithful. While God does not need our help but what He does is that He grants us the opportunity to serve Him. Our Lord Jesus Christ had set an example for every believer as to what it meant to be a servant of God. He did not seek to do His own activity apart from the Father’s will. “So Jesus explained, ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does’” (John 5:19). When we came to know Christ as our Lord and Savior, we were granted a standing that not only mattered while we are here on this earth but will be counted for eternity. Being assured of having a relationship with God and granted with a privilege to belong in His Kingdom, it becomes easy for us to love Him. We do this by being obedient to His word and when we follow His will for our life. There are times that doubts come driven by Satan himself pushing us to think that what we are doing do not amount to anything. When we are motivated by our love to God, we will walk in His ways. We grow deeper in our relationship with Him and eventually overcome our doubts instead we grow having confidence in God. He promised that one day our faith will be made complete (see Revelation 21:3-5). This was also what Paul told the church in Corinth when they were growing impatient relating to one another. “For we know in part…but when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end” (1 Corinthians 13:9-10). Take heed of the admonition Joshua told the Israelites: “Love the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, hold firmly to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your soul” (Joshua 22:5). When your eyes are opened to His working and you’re sensitive to His leading, you will begin to marvel at what He is doing and inexpressible joy will be yours.
Noel De Guzman