“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7
Three of the most accursed words in my home around Christmas are “Some assembly required.” First of all, let’s just be honest and call it what it is – a complete lie. “Some assembly required” really translates to “Absolutely nothing is put together and we are going to give you some instructions in a language that we know you won’t understand simply because we are a sadistic people who are now laughing at the frustration you are experiencing and the feeling of utter helplessness that is to come.” I mean, who writes these assembly instructions anyway? To be successful in assembling most things that require “some assembly” is roughly parallel to a three hour tour with Gillian – you will get it done but it is going to take longer than you think and it will be hilarious to everyone but you.
Aren’t you glad that God’s instructions to us are not nearly as complicated? In fact, all of God’s instructions to us can be summed up in one word – obedience. God had given Joshua a great task – to lead a stubborn nation to take possession of the land that He had promised to their forefathers. This task was far too great for any person to handle. Yet, God provided Joshua with a very simple gameplan for how he would accomplish his task – be obedient to what God had revealed to him. Simple. Concise. Uncomplicated. Certainly not easy though. God’s instructions to Joshua to complete the task before him was simply to obey. For Joshua to obey he certainly had to study and know the law, but studying and knowing would not be enough because the measuring stick was obedience. The same is true in our lives. If we want to possess God’s promise then we must be obedient to God’s Word. I know that the Bible is not always the easiest thing to understand, but if you and I focus ourselves on God’s Word with the same diligence that we invest in figuring out those silly instructions books then I believe we would see God build something in us and through us that is beyond anything we can even begin to imagine. How much time have you spent reading God’s instructions today?