After the death of Moses, the Lord spoke to Joshua and gave him one monumental task: Arise, go over the Jordan, and lead the people of Israel into the land that I have promised them. Really? Joshua had already scouted out the land some 40 years earlier. He had seen the abundance of the land, but he had also seen the inhabitants. He knew the battles that lay ahead. Although he and Caleb wanted to trust God and take the land, it was the bad report by the other spies that had led to the people wandering in the wilderness all those years. Nevertheless, here was Joshua, preparing to lead this people into the land that God has promised. And as you know, Joshua proved to be capable and God kept his promise.
That is the bottom line of this book. As stated in Joshua 21:43, God gave them all land that he had promised. And Joshua, as he learned to trust and rely on God, was capable of the task set before him.
In his new book, Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now, best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado walks with us through the book of Joshua, and along the way, he reveals to us how God used the obedience of Joshua and his men to lead to promised-land living for many. At it’s core, the message of this book is simply this: believe God and live your whole life rooted in that belief. Yes, it will be hard. Yes, you will struggle. But, Yes, God is trust-worthy and he intends to do great things through your life of obedience.
Written in typical Max Lucado style, this book reads more like a conversation than a sermon. Max provides great insights into the lives of the Israelites and practical applications in our everyday lives. The book is divided into 16 easily read chapters, and includes a study guide for each chapter.
The big takeaway for me was “possess the land”. God has already made abundant promises to us. He has saved us and empowered us with his Holy Spirit. But we have to “possess the land”. We have to live out the promises of God now. Too many of us are waiting for some breakthrough in life or our physical death to begin to be the person that God says we are now. Living our promised land life begins with believing who God says that he is and who we are, and then living that out in our lives every day.
I would highly recommend this book. If you are one of the 90% of Christians who feel that you are languishing in the wilderness, then this book will help you to begin to overcome your doubts and fears.
I received a complimentary copy of this book and agreed to give a full and impartial review.