Summary: Let me begin this morning by asking you a few questions-how big is your God? How big is your faith? How big is the biggest prayer you have ever prayed? These three questions are very tightly connected. The size of your God will determine the size of you
“The Secret to Joshua’s Success”
JB Phillips wrote a classic little book in 1952 titled your God is too small. The idea behind the book is very simple. All of us have created an image of God in our minds and that image is simply not adequate. It’s not big enough.
Some see God as being like our parents. Some of us were even told as we were growing up, God is like your father. And that image works well for those who grew up with a loving, solid relationship with their earthly father.
Others choose to put labels on God to say He is this or that; He can do this but He can’t do that. In a sense they put God in a box of sorts and have confined him and limited his ability.
His book gives about 15 common images we have of God and then he tells us why none of them are adequate. The simple truth is that we have failed to think big enough when we think of God-the God we have created in our minds is simply too small.
So let me begin this morning by asking you a few questions-how big is your God? How big is your faith? How big is the biggest prayer you have ever prayed? These three questions are very tightly connected. The size of your God will determine the size of your faith which will determine the size of your prayer life.
Now we have been walking with Joshua for 9 weeks. And one thing is for sure, Joshua was remarkable person. As a young man he grew up and he saw firsthand as Israel was delivered from Egypt. As a young man he would have worked as a slave in Egypt. But there was something unique about him and God spoke to Moses through the Holy Spirit. Joshua had already learned the importance of obedience. He then became the right-hand man to Moses so it is not surprising that before Moses died, he appointed Joshua as his successor. He was 1 of 12 men who traveled to spy out Canaan/Promised land. He and Caleb returned with a good report; the other said, “No the people are too big, the area is too large and we are like grasshoppers.” I haven’t mentioned that of the 12, Joshua and Caleb were the only two who survived. A plague fell on the other 10 and they all died because they brought back a negative report. But Joshua plowed ahead even though all the Israelites were not completely on board. All of their arguing and the fear they had, kept them wandering in the desert for 40 years. But Joshua still kept his faith.
At Jordan, Joshua placed his feet in the water and God honored his faith by stopping the floodwaters. Joshua was able to do things even Moses could not accomplish. Joshua was able to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Moses never got to make that journey. In this passage today we find the secret to Joshua’s strength. We read here in chapter 10 that five of the armies were planning to attack the Israelites so Joshua went directly to them during the night so they could “surprise attack” them at dawn the next morning. The distance by the way, for their travel was 24 miles, about the distance from here to Springhill. Kind of a long walk but they made it in one night and were able to take them completely by surprise.