‘…Get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give…’ Joshua 1:2 NIV
God said to Joshua: ‘Moses my servant is dead. Now then…get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give [you]…I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates…to the Great Sea on the west. 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. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.’ (Joshua 1:2-6 NIV) Are you standing today at the crossroads of change, contemplating a new season or assignment, and feeling anxious about it? If so, observe two things in this story: (1) When his time came to lead, Joshua was ready. Until then, he faithfully served Moses and found fulfilment in the number-two slot. He didn’t push and he didn’t play politics; he just prepared himself. And when he was ready, God promoted him. (2) He went further than his mentor did. Moses’ leadership ended where the Promised Land began. Under Joshua’s leadership, Israel would move into it and become a great nation. Every day he had spent in the wilderness equipped him for this moment. God never wastes experience. Everything you’ve been through, including the things you didn’t understand, are preparation for what God has in store for you.
SoulFood: Jas 3-5, Mt 9:14-26, Ps 96, Prov 3:5-6
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