"Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord you God who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you."
Ever feel like your trudging along, moving through the motions each day but stuck in some type of time warp?
Would it be fair to say that you're wondering when this path will end and another will finally begin?
Yup, were promised new direction - when one door closes God opens a window - but sometimes it seems as though we are traveling these lonely paths alone. I know we may not always feel God's presence, but we can trust his word and remember that he would never leave or forsake us.
In Joshua 1:1-3, God called Joshua to a great challenge of leadership - taking the children of Israel into the Promised Land: "After the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son on Nun, Moses's minister, Moses My servant is dead. So arise and take his place, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, the Israelites. Every place upon the sole of your foot shall tread, that have I given to you, as I promised Moses."
The Bible is reminding us in this passage that Moses had died and Joshua was going to take his place as the leader of God's people. As soon as God gave this news to Joshua, He immediately assured him: "No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong (confident) and of good courage (Joshua 1:5-6).
Later in the same scene, God encouraged Joshua again, saying, "Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" Basically God was saying to Joshua, "You have one big job to do, but don't let it intimidate you. Fear not. Do not be afraid, because I will be with you."
So there may be these times that it feels as though he is not with you. But God is with us. And if we know God's character and nature, we know He is trustworthy. Right?!! We do not have to know what He is going to do; simply knowing He is with us always should be more than enough.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to realize YOU ARE always there
Help me to realize that you are always by my side.
Teach me to trust that you have my hand always.
Remind me that you are with me every step of the way.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always