This week as I was thinking about how God speaks to us, I was reminded of the story of Joshua. Joshua was chosen to be Moses’ successor, and he had the responsibility of taking the Israelites into the Promised Land. This was the same territory that ten of the twelve spies who originally scouted it out, of which he was one, said they could not take possession of, because the people were larger and stronger than they were, and the cities were too well fortified. The challenge with the ten spies’ original negative report was that they forgot the one great advantage they had over those who lived in the land of Canaan; they forgot they had God on their side. They allowed their fear to win out over their trust in God’s ability to bring them to victory, and then they persuaded the people that it was impossible. Joshua and Caleb were the only two who said it could be done, but they were in the minority and were not listened to. As a result, God decided the younger generation would have to wait for the older generation to pass away, with the excpetion of Joshua and Caleb, before He would give them another opportunity to possess the land.
In Joshua chapter 1 we see God preparing Joshua, now much older, for his new role and the battles ahead and in verse 5 God reminded him, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” And then in verse 6 and woven again and again throughout the remaining verses of chapter 1, God tells Joshua, “be strong and courageous… Be strong and very courageous… I am with you…. I will never leave you…”
To me, it’s almost like God was saying, “Don’t forget I’m here. Don’t forget that no matter how big the people seem, I’m bigger. No matter how strong, I’m stronger. No matter how many unknowns there are, I know all. And there will not be a moment of this journey that I will not be with you; providing for you.”
In Matthew 28:20, we see Jesus give a similar reminder to his disciples as he commissioned them to go and make disciples of all nations, when He said, “And Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Jesus’ words are for us today as well. Isn’t it wonderful to know God is with us, always; that he will never leave us or forsake us? He is our ever present help in times of need; unchanging, all-knowing, all powerful. And while He is with us, he speaks to us and desires to guide us. He gives us strength for the journey. Our part is to tune in, listen and trust, and as we do, we see, like Joshua and people all through out history have seen, that God is faithful to complete what he begins in us and he will bring us to victory as we follow his guidance.
If you have a need today or are facing a situation that seems impossible to conquer in the natural, I want to remind you that God is greater and He is with you. Tune in to his voice. Rest in his strength… He’s a mighty God!
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