Joshua of the Old Testament was an amazing person. He certainly was not perfect, but he accomplished amazing feats.
When you study the life and leadership of Joshua, you learn lessons which can bless you for all of your life.
In spite of all those accomplishments, Joshua’s greatest attribute was his obedience to God. Joshua succeeded because he obeyed. He led the people of Israel to conquer the land because he was willing to follow God.
If you want to make your life better, you must become a person of obedience.
God told Joshua to obey, and for the most part he obeyed. When Joshua obeyed, he succeeded. When he failed to obey (like at Ai), he failed.
Obedience blesses us and makes us successful because it draws us into the realm of God.
Drawing nearer to God draws us closer to His blessings. It draws us closer to His healing, and it draws us closer to His guidance.
Those are the things which Joshua enjoyed. He followed God and God blessed him with success.
After all, that was exactly what God told Him: “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law (instruction) 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).
While we all have a natural tendency (it’s called sin) to disobey, we often think that disobedience will actually may life better. It’s just the opposite.
Obedience blesses us; disobedience is a curse.
Which would you like to have?