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Hey everyone! Welcome to a new Bible Studies Series on Joshua 1. If you would like to, I encourage you to read this chapter at least twice before exploring Joshua 1 with me. As the Word of God is a living text, people have different ways of interpreting these texts. So, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions down in the comments below!
Is God Calling You to Step Up Right Now?
Back in middle school, I had a friend who was known as “The Jesus Freak”. Not that he was a freak or that people hated him, it was just that he was known as the “super-Christian”. Of course, I admired how he tried to share the gospel even though he told me he was afraid.
When we went to high school, we parted ways. In the back of my mind, I was looking for someone who would be as shameless and brave as he.
One day, one of my friends told me there was this girl in her class (we were from different classes) who admired me because I had a “Jesus Glow”. I’d never been more honored in my life.
In retrospect, I could see how my life followed Joshua’s example in Joshua 1:1-2 (not to compare myself to a great man like Joshua).
At some point in everyone’s life, I’m sure we experience this at least once:
Have you ever prayed for God to send divine a substitute, only to be prompted by God that you are that substitute?
Perhaps you have been praying for God to send an angel to move in your office, only to realize you are the catalyst God has sent.
Perhaps you are praying for someone competent to supersede your superior when it is you who God is calling.
Joshua 1:1-2 briefly mentions Joshua’s relationship with Moses.
“Now it happened after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant (attendant), saying, “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise [to take his place], cross over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.”
– Joshua 1:1-2 AMP
Joshua was the servant of Moses. He wasn’t the understudy or student of Moses. He was his assistant. Someone who was there to serve Moses.
Joshua was a spectator of Moses’s miracles. He was there to witness God’s miracles through Moses. He saw Manna fall from the sky. He saw water spring forth from the well. He saw the ground break open to eat up the evil men.
In Deuteronomy 34:9-12, it even talked about how great a prophet Moses was and how there will never be one like him.
“Now Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the sons of Israel listened to him and did as the LORD commanded Moses. Since that time no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, [none equal to him] in all the signs and wonders which the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh, all his servants, and all his land, and in all the mighty power and all the great and terrible deeds which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.”
– Deuteronomy 34:9-12 AMP
Although there is still great controversy over who wrote the book of Deuteronomy, the sentiments portrayed in Deuteronomy 34:9-12 were alive when Moses just died, nonetheless.
(Take note of how many times the author emphasizes the extent of Moses’s greatness with the number of times he uses the word “all”)
Joshua had big shoes to fill. Even scripture says so.
Joshua was only the right-hand man of Moses.
Joshua could have let this discouraged him. And I’m sure he did, but only a little bit.
Where Can You Find Personal Growth?
I’m prepared to say something that controversial because it was likely true; Joshua must have been terrified. I’d say he was having an emotional crisis.
O, Lord, what am I supposed to do? I am merely Moses’s right-hand man! I never parted the Red Sea nor made food fall from the sky? I am only Joshua. I’m not Moses!
He was right.
He wasn’t Moses.
He was better.
He was Joshua.
He was who God had called to deliver the Israelites into the Promised Land.
He was Joshua, the man who eventually led Israel into the Promised Land; something that Moses never could do.
Do you feel the same way as Joshua? Do you feel inadequate? Unqualified? Do you feel that there is someone else out there in the world who can do better than you? Heck! That someone doesn’t even need to be out there. That someone could be right here. That person could be your best friend or your brother.
But no, God called YOU to be where you are, at this very moment, reading this very article of encouragement.
He is using these trials to groom you.
This is the personal development you always read about in the media. It sounds more glamorous than it really is. Personal growth is painful, ugly, and, most of all, uncomfortable.
You might be scared and want to retreat. And that’s okay!
Joshua was afraid too. He was tasked to lead 2.5 million Israelites into the Promised Land (according to scholars).
Although the Bible doesn’t say Joshua was afraid, we know because God said so.
How many of you know that God says what you need to hear when you need to hear it?
So, when God told Joshua “Be Strong and Courageous” it meant that Joshua was subconsciously convincing himself that he wasn’t. He wasn’t weak, he felt weak. Discouraged.
Call to Action
Is God telling you something you ought to follow?
Is the great “I Am” telling you to “Be Strong and Courageous”?
Well, you better listen to Him. Because even the mountains and the oceans listened to Him. Even the stars started to shine when he said so. Even the storm seized when he muttered “Peace.”
Be still and obey God.
He is calling you to step up in faith! And if He’s calling you, then He’s gonna catch you!
How do I know if He’s calling me?
Simple, you know it’s Him when you need Him to tell you to “Be Strong and Courageous”.
God bless you and be strong for God!
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