Have you ever been asked to do something that you felt completely unqualified and inadequate to do? Was it someone you respect or admire that asked you to do the job? How did you feel? Were you terrified? So many questions run through your mind when you are called to do a particularly special job.
Think back for a moment to Moses in the Bible. There is much recorded about His life and the many things He did for God and the Israelites. He was extremely faithful! He led the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt after the Ten Plagues. He led the people to the foot of Mt. Sinai, where God wanted to speak to His people. However, because the people were so afraid to hear from God, Moses went up the mountain to receive the Law from God. Moses led the people through the wilderness for forty years. If you remember, the people complained most of the time! Yet Moses remained faithful!
At the end of his life, when he knew he was about to die, God told him to appoint a new leader. Have you ever thought of how incredibly intimidating it would be to follow the leadership position of Moses?! Nevertheless, God chose Joshua to lead His people.
After Moses died and Joshua prepared to lead God’s people into the land of promise, God spoke words of instruction to him. But more than that, He spoke encouraging words to Joshua: “8. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:8-9). As long as Joshua would heed God’s Word, he would be prosperous and have good success. He would need to follow those instructions if he were to lead God’s people! But the best part of these verses: “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” I can’t imagine any more encouraging words from God, Himself! It would be amazing to know that God would be with him wherever he went! There was no reason to fear.
But wait! I have instructions from God, and even encouraging words of my own that He has promised me (and each person God calls to serve Him) because He called me to love and serve Him. “5. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” (Hebrews 13:6-6). I am to walk according to God’s Word, content with what God has for me in my life. I am to do the jobs He has for me to do — for He promises that He will never leave me, nor forsake me. How amazing is that! I can count on God to be my helper, never afraid of what man may do to me. Such comforting words, knowing that He will help me do whatever it is that He has for me to do.
Do you walk in God’s Ways?
Do you realize God will help you with whatever it is that He has for you to do?
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Thank you for the reminder once more! Interesting parallel of promise and commandment from Old Testament Joshua and New Testament Hebrews.