How did Joshua know when it was time to cross the river? I mean, sure God had spoken to Him, but do you ever wonder how he knew for sure that the voice was God’s and not just indigestion? It’s a question most of us have considered at some point.
I was considering this when I discovered the foundation of what enabled Joshua to know the voice of God.
“Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him.” Deuteronomy 34:9, NIV
He had wisdom. Webster’s says wisdom is “ability to discern inner qualities and relationships: INSIGHT”. So, in other words, it was Joshua’s ability to discern between God’s voice and indigestion that let him know it was time to move. But there’s more. That verse up there, the one from Deuteronomy that we just looked at . . . it doesn’t just say that Joshua had wisdom. It says he had the spirit of wisdom. And, while wisdom in and of itself is a powerful thing, it doesn’t hold a candle to the spirit of wisdom.
It’s the same spirit that Isaiah spoke about when he wrote of the coming Messiah.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him — the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD . . . “ Isaiah 11:2, NIV
Spirit, in Hebrew ruach (or ruah), means breath, wind. It’s pretty much the same as the Greek word pneuma in the New Testament which is the word used for the Holy Spirit. Both words hold the basic meaning of wind. “The natural force which represents in its extended meaning the breath of life in human beings and the creative, infilling power of God and His Spirit” (from www.studylight.org).
So we could safely say that Joshua was filled with the breath of wisdom. The very wind he breathed was wisdom. The wisdom of God Himself.
So that’s how Joshua knew God’s voice. It’s how he knew it was time to pack up camp and move on over to the other side of the river. (Joshua 2).
When I think about all that’s involved in being a part of Team Hope, I find comfort in this truth about Joshua. Because, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I also have that breath. You do too. The Holy Spirit living and breathing His wind in us, His children.
“However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].” John 16:7, AMP
The very breath of God. The breath of life. The Breath of Life. God Himself gave us access to that same wind of wisdom. The kind Joshua had. The kind that let him know what was what and when it was time to move.
That’s a pretty calming truth when it comes to Team Hope. Because we have access to the breath of God Himself. The breath that gives wisdom. Wisdom to hear God’s nudge to participate in a Team Hope race. Wisdom to write our fundraising letters. Wisdom to know who to send them to. Wisdom to believe that God is already working in those people’s hearts and to believe that He will use us in mighty ways for His own purposes.
And in so doing, we will bring Him honor.
Let’s pray that God will give us ears that hear His Spirit’s wind. And the courage to respond.