He is with You - 8.14.19
Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.
Joshua 1:5 (NASB)
When Joshua began to lead the people of Israel, he had big shoes to fill. Moses had been doing the job for more than 40 years and he was a tough act to follow. God had performed all sorts of miracles for Moses, like the plagues, parting the Red Sea, sending food and water. Don’t forget the Ten Commandments. God clearly liked Moses.
When Moses died at the age of 120, Joshua had served God faithfully for more than 40 years. He had even been Moses’ assistant for some time, so he must have had some amount of confidence in his own abilities. But leading a couple million people is a big enough job when you’re touring the desert, and now he was heading into battle. He surely had a few questions.
- Would the people respect him the way they had Moses?
- Would the people be strong and brave enough to defeat their enemies?
- Would God be with him?
God answered all those questions and more. Joshua had been an eye witness to most of the miracles God had performed for Moses, so he used them as an example.
He said, “Joshua, remember all the stuff I did for Moses and how I took care of him and talked with him and hung out with him? I’m going to do that for you too.” You can almost hear Joshua’s sigh of relief.
Guess what: that promise is for us too. In the same way God was faithful to Moses and Joshua, David and Solomon, John and Paul and Peter, and all the saints who have gone before us, God will be that faithful to us as well.
Whether you’re leading an entire nation, a department at work, a classroom full of students, a group of volunteers, or your own little ducklings, God will not leave you. He is with you.
Prayer Point: Whoever you are leading today, whatever you are doing today, wherever you are going today, ask God to be with you.