The LORD spoke to Joshua…”Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them…”
At the edge of the Promised Land, after waiting for forty years to inherit this territory that God promised to the Children of Israel, the worst possible thing happens…Moses dies. Put yourself in the shoes of the average Israelite. Moses was the man who led and guided you your whole life. Then he dies just as you’re about to invade and possess the land.
Now imagine you’re Joshua. God has given you the responsibility to pick up where Moses left off. He wants you to lead the people from here on out. If you’ve ever been put in the position of having to step up and fill some big shoes, then you can appreciate what’s happening to Joshua here. But as great as this challenge is, God assures Joshua that he won’ t have to tackle it alone. He gives Joshua the guarantee that He’ll be with Him just as He was with Moses.
“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. l will not leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5
Joshua successfully led Israel into the Promised Land. And he was able to do so because he understood something that we need to understand, as well: At the end of the day, God being with us is the only thing that truly matters. Bringing Israel into the land didn’t depend on Moses or on any single individual. It depended on the power of God, and He promised to be with Joshua just as He’d been with Moses.
Align your heart with that truth. Don’t be afraid when the Lord calls you to something that seems larger than life. Remember that if God is with you, you have everything you need to get the job done.