“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5)
The Bible says, “After the death of Moses … the Lord said to Joshua … ‘Moses my servant is dead … get ready to cross the River Jordan into the land I am about to give to [you]'” (vv. 1-2). Joshua knew Moses was dead, and Israel knew it too. So why did God remind him? Because Joshua wasn’t just following a leader, he was following a legend.
Moses had been Israel’s security blanket for forty years. He was the essential go-to guy. He led an entire generation out of 400 years of captivity in a single night. He parted a sea with the wave of a stick. He prayed and God rained down bread from heaven each day. When the nation was about to die of thirst, he struck a rock and water filled canteens. By any measurement, Moses was a massive success. But why? Was it his ingenuity? His creativity? His genius? No, it was the presence of God in his life. But now Moses was gone, and for Joshua that was bad news.
But the good news was that God remained. “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” You say, “But that’s an Old Testament promise.” Then read this: “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Today God has promised to be with you. Believe Him!
Heavenly Father, You are the God of my forefathers and all the saints before me, You are my I AM – always present and leading and protecting me. Thank You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.