Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9
So many are waiting for a great move of God, when God is waiting on our obedience so He can do a great move through us.
God told Joshua that he would be with him as he was with Moses. Moses came short of stepping on the promised land, he was only able to see it from far away. I won’t get into why he didn’t, but I will focus on how God was him. Knowing how God was with Moses helps us understand how He would be with Joshua in this season.
For starters the people of Israel loved and listened to Moses, maybe had disagreements and altercations as is common in all relationships but he was certainly recognized him as their leader. But God was with Moses in a mighty way. God saved Moses when he was born, he was found by the pharaohs daughter. Moses knew the Egyptian way of life, but his caretaker was his actual mother; who did that? Of course it was God, in his mysterious sovereign ways. Although Pharaoh’s daughter gave him Egyptian principles, I’m sure that Moses mom raised Moses according to Jewish history and customs, because when he was of age; he had a desire to defend his Jewish brothers and sisters from Egyptian slavery. He acted in His own strength towards his purpose, yet ended up having to run away because he had done it his way not Gods way.
About 40 years later, God appeared to Moses in a burning bush, the fire didn’t consume the bush though because it was God manifesting Himself. God told him to remove the sandals from his feet because that place where He stood was holy ground. During the course of time, God joins Aaron to Moses to go into his destiny of will and purpose. Moses went to Pharaoh and asked him to let his people go, he would agree and then relent his decree and God sent 10 plagues. The beauty of these attacks against Egypt was that the Israelites did not suffer from them as did the Egyptians. Imagine the stress, and horror!!
- water turned into blood; fish died.
- frogs leaps in their homes and farmland.
- God sent lice (blood sucking insects)
- animals which devoured all their goods like scorpions, poisonous snakes and reptiles
- Gave the Egyptians animals disease
- skin boils on people
- thunderstorm of hail and lightning
- locust to destroy their goods and to fill their homes
- three days of darkness
- angel of death, to take the firstborn
In another occasion the Egyptians wizards and sorcerers carried out a few magic tricks, and Moses was able to do these as well. The exception of the final show of miraculous power was when Moses rod ate the Egyptians sorcerers and magicians rods. When the Egyptians laid down their rods, they became serpents and when Moses laid his rod it transformed as well, except Moses’ snake swallowed up all of the other snakes. So who’s boss?!
God parted the Red Sea, for people to cross over and closed them back up when Pharaoh and his chariots were in the middle of the water. God proved himself to his people time and time again. He also showed his glory over Moses after he spent time in fasting in his presence on joint Sinai. The people recognized God was with Moses. God gave them the commandments, and He brought chastisement to those who would come against Moses the man of God. God also provided fire by night and a cloud by day to direct them in the wilderness.
As God was with Moses, God promised to be with Joshua and God promises to be with us. The enemies we saw in our past, we shall see no more. We should be able to encourage ourselves knowing He, the all powerful is with us. That His awesome presence is with us, and will never get tired or be indifferent towards us.
Lord Jesus, you are one. You are holy and perfect. There is no deception or darkness in you, you are the only perfect one. May you be glorified in our lives. May your spirit cause an awakening of your love in our lives. May we recognize your presence more and more each day, may we delight in you and bring you delight in our daily lives. May we be strong and courage as we walk through life. I take authority over depression, hate and fear. May your blood Jesus mend the broken hearts, heal he wounds of disappointment and disenchantment in Jesus name. Amen.