The two words “nothing undone” from Joshua 11:15 probably best describe the life and ministry of Joshua, the man God chose to lead His people into the promised land. These words are described in Joshua 11:15 and 23. That is, God accomplished through Joshua all that He originally intended and declared to do through Moses. In Exodus 33, God told Moses that He would drive out all the Canaanites, but not through Moses or with the then present generation. Joshua would be the one God would use to fulfil His Word and His will. Joshua 11:23 is an amazing testimony to God’s faithfulness. “So Joshua took the whole land…and the land rested from war.”
The question for us to ask is, “What was Joshua’s success secret?” Joshua stated before all Israel, “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
1. Joshua had a strong personal commitment. He boldly declared, “…as for me….” A leader people will follow must be willing to state and prove his personal determination and dedication to the task to which God has called him, and then set the example and follow through to the end.
2. Joshua determined that his family would also follow God. The words “my house” indicates that he felt responsible for his family and that, by God’s grace, they would serve God as well.
3. Joshua knew the true meaning of “serve”. He had served Moses well as spy and second in command and now he served God with the full weight of all the responsibility of the nation on his shoulders.
The testimony of God at the end of Joshua’s life is found in Joshua 24:31. “And Israel served God all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders that overlived (outlived) Joshua….” What a fitting epitaph for a servant of God who left “nothing undone!”
Post by: Dr. Robert Booker, NBBI Vice-President
This article appears in the May 2012 Open Bible Bulletin.