Today you begin one of my favorite sections of the Bible: Old Testament History! Not that the previous books didn't have historical events, but the books from Joshua through Esther will allow you to read some of the best known Bible stories ever! And let me emphasize that these stories are historical accounts that really did take place. There should be no need to "water down" the miracles in any of these events. If God is who the Bible says He is, then there is absolutely no grounds to believe He couldn't do all that the Scriptures said He did! Enjoy the reading!
Joshua 1 - Joshua begins with COURAGE! Joshua takes over the leadership of the children of Israel and he is encouraged by God to trust and obey. God would give him the courage to move forward, but Joshua had the responsibility to move! The same is true of us today. God is always ready to do far more than we could ask or think, but He still requires us to trust Him by taking the first step of obedience.
Joshua 2 - If you have read the New Testament and noted the mention of Rahab, you'll find out about her in this chapter. Rahab was a prostitute that took the bold step to hide two Jewish spies sent into Jericho to see its defenses. Rahab would become an ancestor to Jesus Christ's human lineage. God has the right to use whoever His wishes to use, in this case, a prostitute, to accomplish His plan. And He won't ask you or me for our permission to use such a person!
Joshua 3 - Finally, Israel comes into the Promised Land. And interestingly enough they enter the Promised Land in the same manner as they left Egypt: walking on dry ground that once was totally immersed in water, lots of water! God dried up the Jordan River to allow the Jews to cross into the land God had promised them. The priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant would go ahead and stand in the dry river bed until all the people got through safely.
Joshua 4 - Two sets of stones were piled up as a reminder to Israel of their crossing the Jordan miraculously. One set was actually piled up on the river bed while the other was put on dry ground in Canaan. God wanted His people to remember that just as He got them through the Red Sea to rescue them, so He got them through the Jordan River so He could bless them. God allowed Joshua to be highly regarded by the Israelites. A good reason for that is that Joshua didn't think he was much of anything, but He had a God who was magnificent in everything!