As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses. ~Joshua 11:15
The word “done” means completed and finished. “All done” is when the task we set out to do has been completed with nothing left over. “Well done” is when we are praised for completing the task we were given. Joshua was given an incredible compliment: he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses.
We see Joshua and his election.
“And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses” (Deuteronomy 34:9). Before the death of Moses, God made it very clear that Joshua would be his successor and would lead Israel to conquer the land of the Canaanites and claim their inheritance. When it comes to the Lord’s work, it is critically important that you are where God has called and placed you. Joshua was the right man in the right place doing the right thing.
We see Joshua and his execution.
“And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.” Joshua had faith in God’s order. Humanly, we can be intimidated and overwhelmed by what God asks us to do. However, Joshua had faith that God would compensate for his weakness. Joshua had to fight in God’s order. He had to face the enemy head-on. Joshua fell on them, smote them, chased them, houghed their horses, and burned their chariots. “Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade him.“
We see Joshua and his endurance.
God did not give Joshua the impression that what he had to do would be accomplished overnight. Joshua and Israel were at war for a very long time. The Christian life is about endurance. We are running a race. There will be a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. We will grow weary in well doing. However, the winners are those who stay at it, stay sharp, stay focused, and continue. You will never finish what you have been given to do if you do not have endurance.
We see Joshua and his extra.
Joshua fought with the Anakims, defeated them, and took their cities. The Anakims were giants. They were the ancestors of the Philistines. Joshua did more than what he was asked to do. His vision included foes that others feared. The greatest conquests in life are those when we face a giant that stands in the way between us and victory. Every task looks like a giant. Joshua could have left the Anakims alone and assumed they would not bother him, but he knew he had better deal with them early in the game and not later.
We see Joshua and his excellence.
“He left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.” No stone was left unturned. He did not take shortcuts. He did not do a sloppy job. Excellence is when we do everything we are supposed to do and then do more. First, write out the plan of action and commit it to prayer. Second, have predetermined checkpoints to assess if you are equal to, ahead of, or behind in your goal. Third, stay focused and sharp. Make adjustments to your plan as needed. Fourth, go forward and do not look back. Fifth, finish what you’re supposed to do. Joshua models excellence in that he left nothing undone. This morning, study Joshua’s accomplishments and make it your aim to leave nothing undone of what you’re supposed to do.
Have a focused God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Samuel 4-7