Moses is now a hundred and twenty years old. The Israelites have reached the Jordan and are about to cross over into the promised land. But God has told Moses he will not enter there. It is time to pass the torch to Joshua.
Can you imagine Joshua sitting at the edge of the river and knowing that his leader is leaving the command up to him? Perhaps there is a little trepidation. These are big shoes he is to fill.
But the Lord tells him to be strong a courageous, that the Lord will go before him and be with him. The Lord says "I will never leave you or forsake you."
I don't believe these words were for Joshua alone. When we give our lives to the Lord, He reiterates the same words to us. "I will never leave you or forsake you."
In the best of times, we see the presence of the Lord. In the worst of time, we feel the support and presence of the Lord. In triumph or tribulation, He is -- or should be -- our nearest, dearest companion.
What should we fear if the Lord goes before us? We serve an omnipotent God. Whatever is in store for us, He has prior knowledge and has made provision for us to get through it. Nothing is too hard for Him. When we are in Him, nothing is too much for us to bear, either.
Remind us of your constant presence in our lives. Help us to see that whatever the challenge, You are going before us to grant us favor and prepare the way. Grant us the wisdom to hear Your commands and follow them implicitly.
In Jesus' most precious name.