In life we all face challenges; we all are required to take decisions, accept changes. We are often thrown out from our comfort zones and the impact of all this would be too hard on us. Sometimes we resist the change, we feel upset, anxious and fearful. New challenges and responsibilities make us look around for help, we ask for help with decisions to the ones whom we feel wise; we may google out for the best options, we may analyze our past experiences; but the wisest of them all is bringing your fearful and anxious mind to the presence of God, who can show you His perfect will for you. Facing your challenges with God on your side…proceeding in the right direction by searching and finding His perfect will for your life; isn’t it wonderful to start your new challenge with God’s word or revelation upon it!
God speaks to Joshua
In Joshua chapter 1, we see Joshua who is a great commander and leader in the old testament times, facing a great challenge all alone, all these days he shadowed Moses and now Moses is dead. Stepping into the shoes of Moses, a man so special, favored by all, a man whom God spoke face to face, made Joshua feel inadequate. He felt he was not quite up to it. Also he knew the challenges ahead, the crossing of Jordan, the first step in entering the promised land, wasn’t easy. 40 years ago he went with Caleb and saw the promised land which was an inhabited land, with strong warriors, giants, forts, strong militaries and they were like grass hoppers in front of them. Now in his distressed situation, Joshua is worried, anxious and afraid. Joshua did not take the steps ahead based on his knowledge or by asking the counsel of the people, but He waited in the presence of God ; God gave Joshua, encouragement and wisdom and revelation and also strengthened him for his purpose. What a great start, God appoints Joshua, and Joshua identifies His purpose when God speaks to Him. The book of Joshua starts with an affirmation, God spoke to Joshua.
“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “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—the children of Israel. ”. Joshua 1:1-2
Arise and cross the Jordan
God speaks to Joshua in verses 1-2, we see God speaking to Joshua, asking him to arise, to get up from the place where they are now, and to move on. The death of Moses, does not stop them from entering the promise God gave to the children of Israel , its God’s will that they should enter the land, inherit it and find rest. After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, a group of people who never rested, moving from one camp to the other… God wants to give them rest. Crossing the Jordan signifies the entry in to the promised land, and it’s something that we cannot do on our self…the courage to cross Jordan comes from God, from His word and from His promise that He will be with us. Wandering in the wilderness is not God’s will for a child of God, but to enter Canaan, His promise of spiritual blessings and find rest in Him. We read in Ephesians 1:3,“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love” it’s the good will of God that every child of God should have an inheritance of every spiritual blessing.
By asking Joshua to Arise, God is asking him to face his fear. God prepared Joshua for 40 years to build him to face everything on his way. God is not asking Joshua to ignore the fear, or bury it or deny it and pretend to be brave, but asking Him to face it, because God is going to be with him, he is not going alone, but God is alongside Joshua. And so because God is with you and me, we can face our fears. Whatever makes us anxious, whatever makes us step back God is asking us to go ahead and face it, His presence is with you!
When uncertainties come along our way, where do we look for help? where do we lean to find solution? Let every journey, every beginnings big or small, start with the counsel of God. Identify our fears and bring it to the presence of God, He will fill us with the strength to face our fears one by one.
In Christ Jesus,