‘As I was with Moses, so I will be with you.’ Joshua 1:5 NIV
The Bible says, ‘After the death of Moses… the Lord said to Joshua… “Moses My servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them.”’ (Joshua 1:1–2 NIV) Joshua knew Moses was dead, and the Israelites knew it too. So why did God remind him? Because Joshua wasn’t just following a leader, he was following a legend. Moses had been Israel’s security blanket for forty years. He was the definitive go-to guy. He’d led an entire generation out of 400 years of captivity in a single night. He’d parted a sea with the wave of a walking stick. He’d prayed and God rained down bread from Heaven each day. When the nation was about to die of thirst, he’d struck a rock and water filled canteens.
By any measurement, Moses was a massive success. But why? Was it his ingenuity? His creativity? His genius? No, it was the presence of God in his life. But now Moses was gone. For Joshua, that was bad news. But the good news was that God remained. ‘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.’
You say, ‘But that’s an Old Testament promise.’ Then read this: ‘For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV) Today God has promised to be with you. Believe Him!
SoulFood: Ezek 16:53–19:14, Matt 22:1–14, Ps 103:13–22, Pro 19:17
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