“After the death of Moses the servant of God, God spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant: Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people. Cross to the country I’m giving to the People of Israel. I’m giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on—just as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon east to the Great River, the Euphrates River—all the Hittite country—and then west to the Great Sea. It’s all yours. All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” (Joshua 1:1-9)
In this passage, God calls Joshua to a lead the Israelites into the promised land. God asks Joshua to:
- Cross the Jordan River with all the Israelites
- Give it all: heart and soul
- Carry out the Revelation that Moses had commanded
- Don’t get off track
- Don’t let my (God’s) word leave your mind. Focus on it day and night
- Don’t be timid; Don’t be discouraged
That’s quite a laundry list of commands that God gives Joshua as he prepares to lead God’s people to the land He had promised. That’s all well and good. However, God also promises many things to Moses and Israel. He says:
- I have given you every square inch of land you set your foot on
- It’s all yours
- No one will be able to hold out against you
- I’ll be with you.
- I won’t give up on you
- I won’t leave you
- I am with you every step you take
I think the same holds true for our faith walk. God calls us into new journeys and leads us down different paths. God calls us to give it all we got, to focus on God’s word and not be discouraged. However, God promises to be with us every step of the way, to never give up on us or leave us – to persevere!
There is a newness in our church as we welcome Pastor Michael to lead us into the future as we seek to serve others in the 19 North Community and beyond. As God promised Joshua, God is with us every step of the way!