Servant of God
After this, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110. They buried him in the land he had been allocated, at Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. The people of Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him—those who had personally experienced all that the Lord had done for Israel. Joshua 24:29-31 NLT
The Book of Joshua was written to provide an example and warning to us; “These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age” (1 Corinthians 10:11). It was also written to provide us hope and encouragement; “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled” (Romans 15:4). The Word of God was written to help us know where we are based on God’s revelation of Himself and our response to Him. God wants us to know Him and after knowing Him as Lord and Savior, we will serve Him. God has done no less for those of us who knows Him. We have been freed from the bondage of sin and power of Satan. We have been established in God’s own kingdom. “For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:13). We also have been called out from a life of idolatry. We have been the recipients of God’s tender care. While in this world, we will always be confronted with two basic questions about the meaning of life and death; “who knows how our days can best be spent? Our lives are like a shadow. Who can tell what will happen on this earth after we are gone?” (Ecclesiastes 6:12). Life without God will not provide assurance if life will have meaning while here on earth and the life to come. People who believe God and take Him at His word know that life has meaning and satisfaction. They also know that there is a life to come for Jesus promised to prepare a place to those that believe and trust Him. “I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:2-3 ESV). This short life on earth is preparing us for eternity. So while here on earth, let us pray that we will be faithful servants of God. “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom...Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days...Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children” (Psalm 90:12-16). If you do not have a relationship with God, pray to receive Him today.