FROM THE MANSE
often uphold each other and say, “God is with us”, and I believe that
to be true. There is nowhere we can ‘go’ to ‘get away’ from God.
Joshua was reassured that God would always be with him....
the death of Moses, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' assistant,
saying, ‘My servant Moses is dead. Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you
and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the
Israelites. No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your
life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or
forsake you. Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in
possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them. I
hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or
dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’
book of Joshua describes the conquest of the land of Canaan under Joshua's
leadership. As someone
is no success without a successor’ and Joshua was God’s appointed man
to lead his people into the promised land. Joshua
had learnt much from Moses. He had wandered with him in the wilderness for
40 years. What a training ground!
you sometimes feel that your wilderness experience has been, too long? If
you do, remind yourself of Joshua’s experience and how God blessed him
in the long term.
Joshua was a man of
great faith, courage and leadership ability, but he had an awesome task on
at the beginning of his mission God gave him very specific promises and
encouragement: God stated that just as he had
been with Moses so he would be with Joshua: that he would
not fail or forsake him (v.5): and he reassured him that the Israelites
would he given possession of the land (v.6).
addition to the words of encouragement, Joshua and the people had to
choose to show courage in the face of hardship and war, and more than ever
before they had to obey God’s law.
promises and words of encouragement has God spoken to you? Can you hold
onto them as you enter times of hardship, suffering or darkness? Do you
need to take courage, in a way that perhaps you have never known before?
Can you do that without drawing on God’s provision of encouragement and
too have had my wilderness experiences and my experience is that the only
way to come out of the valley of the shadow of death a stronger person is
to go in holding onto God’s promises.
with God I say, “do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God
is with you wherever you go”. (v.9)
friend and minister, Janet.
Lord God, thank You for Your words of encouragement. Place them deep in my
heart that I may draw on them in times of darkness. Amen