When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.
As the Lord had commanded Moses His servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did. He left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses.
Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua was a servant who became a leader. After forty years, this faithful first-assistant to Moses was appointed by God to succeed him: to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Loyal, wise, brave and Spirit-filled, Joshua's destiny was determined by his character.*
As a military commander, he was commissioned by God to fight for possession in the field of dreams called Canaan. It was an established land with nations, cities, armies, forts and giants. Joshua and Caleb were the last two of the old generation--chosen to bring the new generation into victory.
Judging by God's repeated Commands and Assurances to Joshua, the job scared him. God's response:
'Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go' (Joshua 1:9).** Joshua's humility prevented him from believing he could go it alone, which is why he was promoted in the first place.
After a long series of wars, God's chosen people settled down in the land flowing with milk and honey. But it was still flowing with idols. Although nations had been cleared, a remnant remained and tempted the children of Israel--by lusts of the flesh and idle promises.
Therefore, Joshua issued a challenge to his people: 'Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve:' False gods or the one true God.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Joshua's job is your job. Joshua's challenge is your challenge: vast numbers of people are similarly compromised. 'The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers' (2 Corinthians 4:4). But not just unbelievers, 'For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect' (Mark 13:22).
As God did then, so God does now: An army has been commissioned to go in and possess the field of dreams called media--with one big difference: Jesus changed the terms of engagement.
To Be Continued...
* Character analysis on Joshua: http://www.hope-in-jesus.com/Teachings/CharacterAnalysis/joshua.htm; http://www.gotquestions.org/life-Joshua.html
** God told Joshua to 'Be strong and courageous' seven times: Deuteronomy 31:6,7,23; Joshua 1:6,7,9,18.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Field of Dreams series.