Out with The Old, In with The new

Last week, I wrote about following God’s presence. I wrote about how in the movement of crossing the Jordan River into the Promised Land, The Israelites had to follow the ark, which was the presence of God. We are trying to get to the place that God is taking us, but we don’t know how to get there on our own. We have never been there. So, we need God’s presence every step of the way.

I actually forgot to write about chapter one (LOL). So, this blog, I want to discuss Joshua taking over as the leader. Have you ever had this experience? Have you ever had to take over a job that someone else left behind? No matter how they left, whether found something new or died, you were next in line to take over. Maybe you didn’t even realize that God had been preparing you for the whole time.

Well Joshua knew. He knew this moment was coming, but I wonder how he felt. Was he ready? Was he nervous? Was he motivated? Was he a lot of things at once? No matter the feeling, he was called and God had assured him that He was with him every step of the way. At the beginning of Joshua 1, God reminds Joshua that Moses is dead, and he was the new leader. Those words can be encouraging and scary at the same time. The old is gone, it’s time for you to step up or move forward.

Let’s just say thank God that Joshua took a stand against the old generation. If he hadn’t, there may not have been anyone to lead the people. God’s message to Josh was this; Get prepared walk into the land I am giving you. Every place you walk on is yours and you will have victory over your enemies. I will be with you and I will not leave you. The land they received would only be what they claimed and what they took must be fought for against determined opposition.

The Enduring Word says this; Taking the land took effort. The challenge ahead was not for those content with Egypt, but for those who would press ahead for what God had called them to. Taking the Promised land would come with a fight.

Joshua is then commanded to be brave, meditate on the word and do what it says. This would lead to the success of what he was called to.

So, what did I take from this? We all have a purpose and a Promised Land. God has already given it to us. For me, I believe Joshua’s story is telling us, we have to believe it is ours, claim it and be ready to fight for it. There may have been others before who were called to walk into the Promised Land but for whatever reason, didn’t get the opportunity. So now, God is saying, “It’s time for you to step forward. I have prepared you all this time and now it’s time.” Now this can sound exciting but also scary. Because we all want to get to a better place, but then what will it take to get there? However, we are called and equipped and now is the time.

Taking the Promise God has for us is going to be a fight and have loads of trials and tribulations. But that’s ok, because God has already promised me that its mine and he will be with me during the fight as I go through it. It’s up to me to be brave, meditate on God’s word and do what it says. When this happens, I will have success in his kingdom.

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