Encouragement for your daily walk with God
I’ve never had political ambitions, so I’m amazed, intrigued, and fascinated that anyone would enter the political arena. Who would want to put themselves through the public scrutiny as they are today?
I wonder if Joshua felt that way. Or perhaps he was pleased to accept the honor of leading the nation of Israel after Moses’ death. Regardless, he was keenly aware of the daunting task and responsibility before him. Filled with confidence, he was determined to obey God no matter what.
The Children of Israel were not the easiest group to lead. They were a difficult bunch. As soon as they were delivered from Egypt, they began to grumble about everything — food, water, safety, rules — and to top it off, they openly questioned Moses’ rightful leadership. No sooner was his back turned, than they rebelled against God by making a golden calf to worship. And now it was Joshua’s turn to lead them, a man they had once threatened to stone [Numbers 14:10]. Are you with me? This was a God-size task.
If he had any uncertainty, it was overtaken with boldness and resolve because he put his full confidence in the Lord. He took God at His word and fully expected Him to take them safely into the Promised Land.
Christ followers face challenges too. I don’t know what yours are, but I do know that God will help you tackle each and every one of them courageously, calmly, and victoriously. Perhaps you’re stuck in a dead-end job, or engaged in a loveless marriage, or contemplating a career change, or battling a terminal disease, the word of the Lord to Joshua will help you too, “Be strong and courageous!”
Joshua had seen God’s faithfulness throughout his lifetime. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a Christ follower for 5 seconds or 50 years, you can have confidence in God too.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9