“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 ancestors to give them.” – Joshua 1:5-6
Joshua had spent years, learning from his mentor, Moses and protecting the people of Israel. But the day came when Moses passed away and it was time for Joshua to lead the great nation that God had created.
God starts His instructions to Joshua by reassuring him of His holy presence. Then He goes on to command Joshua to be strong and courageous. It’s not that Joshua was cowardly, he was quite brave.
But God knew the difficult tasks that would lie ahead for Joshua. So, He promised His presence and encouraged him. He wanted Joshua to know that his nation was about to enter into the Promised Land.
It can be hard when God calls you out of the familiar. Joshua was accustomed to living in the desert lands with the Israelites … accustomed to being a nomad. But God had bigger plans and longed to move His people.
When God calls you into new places, you don’t need to fear. He will be with you just as He was with Moses and Joshua. So take courage, precious one, God will guide you on your journey.
Oh God, sometimes, new places are scary. It’s easy to feel small and want to hide out. But give me faith that’s bigger than my fears. Lead me in Your paths. In Jesus’ name, Amen.