1-9 After the death of Moses the servant of God, God spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant:
“Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people. Cross to the country I’m giving to the People of Israel. I’m giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on—just as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon east to the Great River, the Euphrates River—all the Hittite country—and then west to the Great Sea. It’s all yours. All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
I don’t know about you, but from the looks of the river in the picture above, I wouldn’t be stepping into it anytime soon either. It reminds me of the chaos and turmoil that I feel in this life from time to time. We all feel it. It is scarey, it makes us tremble with anger or melts us in sadness. The important thing to remember is that we cannot let the raging waters of life drown the life out of us. In this passage God tells Joshua to ” GET GOING! ” He promises that he won’t give up on him or leave him. He tells him to have strength and courage and to give it all he’s got! He tells him to stay on track-don’t look around- just look ahead. The answer is in what lies beyond the raging river. God commands us to be courageous, to gather His strength and not be discouraged. He is with us every step of the way.
As I was reading over some of our old Shoebox letters from kids in other countries, I was reminded of this passage in one of the letters. It was Abraham’s letter. Abraham has been speaking to me for several years ( 2008) and he doesn’t even know it. How I long to see this young man, to touch his face, see his eyes, hear his voice, give him hugs and tell him I love him! He has asked that we pray for him and we do. He is praying for us too. I just know it.