1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying: 2 "Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:1-5 and 9, NKJV
It was a time of transition. For 40 years, Moses had led the children of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land. Through much difficulty, by the grace of God, Moses faithfully led a sometimes faithful, and sometimes rebellious people. Now, Moses was gone. Though God allowed him to view the land from Mount Pisgah, He did not allow Moses to touch even his feet upon the land. Instead, God chose Joshua to continue as the leader of this people, now more than a million in number.
In nine succinct verses, we are privy to the very words of God spoken to this new leader. After verifying to Joshua that He, the great Creator of all earth, was giving this very land to the children of Israel, He encouraged him with the promise of His help and presence.
"No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. . . Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD you God is with you wherever you go."
Are these just good moral Biblical stories for us to tell our children, or is there more for us to glean from the book of Joshua? Were these promises of God for Joshua's ears alone?
In this 21st century, we have so much more than Joshua had, for we have the completed Word of God. Though God may not speak personally to each of us, yet, through His Spirit, He leads and guides us today just as He did Joshua so many centuries before. These words, spoken so long ago to Joshua, are just as applicable to us today. While it is true that we have not been appointed to lead God's people into the Promised Land, yet we have each been appointed to serve Him faithfully. Using the gifts, abilities, and circumstances, He has given to each of us, we have a job to do.
Even as it was true for Joshua, we can be assured that no man can stay the hand of God. By His grace let us continue to be strong and of good courage, and not allow fear to overcome us. The Lord, our God, is with us wherever we go. He guides, He keeps, He encourages, and He protects us every single day of our lives.
Where are we going? Like the children of Israel, we, too, are headed to the Promised Land, but our Promised Land is an eternal land. The Lord Jesus Christ, even now, is preparing a place for us, When we leave this earth, we will be with the Lord forever!
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!
God Bless You,Linda