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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Nothing Undone


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

 

Today is the last day of this year. Every year feels like it goes by faster and faster. This is because we are busier, more committed, and more engaged in opportunities and responsibilities than in the past. We are multitasking more things, even to the point where we think busyness is accomplishment. However, how much did you get done this year? What did you do that made a difference? How much better are you in your character than when you started the year? What regrets do you have about this year? Let’s consider this passage of Scripture concerning Joshua’s life as he led Israel to conquer and take possession of the Land of Promise. Let’s see how Joshua left nothing undone.


We see Joshua and the sacred commandments.

Commandments are the non-negotiable mandates that we are required to do. They are rules and responsibilities that we have an obligation to obey and keep. Commandments are the heavenly instructions for a successful Christian life. God’s commandments are not grievous but for our benefit. They are the boundaries and the lines on the highway of life that keep us from having serious accidents. They are not God micromanaging us; they are how God shows how much He loves us. Moses passed down to Joshua divine commandments from God regarding worship, family, service, war, daily life, and the acquisition of the Promised Land. Joshua received everything passed down to him with a heart of devotion. Are God’s commandments sacred to you?


We see Joshua and his sincere compliance.

We are told that as Moses passed down the Lord’s commandments to Joshua, Joshua obeyed them. Notice, we are told, “So did Joshua.” Obeying the commandments of God is how we exercise biblical faith. Joshua was told how he was to conquer the well-fortified city of Jericho: he did it exactly as God had told him to do it. Biblical faith is fulfilled when we obey. Obedience is necessary for answered prayer. We are told, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3:22). Joshua did as he was commanded. How well did you do this year in keeping God’s commandments?


We see Joshua and his successful completion.

We see something very impressive about Joshua. We are told that he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses. Joshua successfully completed everything that he was told to do. He did not score a 90%, 95%, or 99%: Joshua scored 100% in doing what was handed down to him! He respected and revered the commandments so well that he was meticulous and conscientious in getting them all done. As you think about this year, what commandments have been left undone?


We see Joshua and his satisfying compensation.

In the succeeding verse, we read that Joshua took all: he took all the land. The land had rest from war. He was greatly rewarded for doing what God had told him to do. He saw miraculous answers to prayer. He defeated armies that were bigger and better equipped than his. He experienced the long-awaited promise of their own land. Before he left this life, he did everything that he was supposed to do and was blessed. He experienced, “There’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.”


Determine before the New Year starts that things will be different and that you will leave nothing undone of all that the Lord has commanded.


Have an obedient God Morning!


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