I love the story of Joshua’s call to be the next leader of Israel. There are numerous changes about to take place for the Israelites. They are about to go from being slaves and nomads to a people rich with land and resources. They are about to become a mighty nation. Joshua is called to lead this period of transition. In addition, he is taking the place of Moses. . . talk about big shoes to fill! Obviously, this calling makes him scared and anxious. What if the people compare him to Moses? What if the people don’t like him? What happens if he is unable to bring the people into the promise land? God does not answer these fears with a detailed plan of the future. God does not tell him that everything will be easy, and he does not try to boost Joshua’s self-esteem. Rather, God tells Joshua over and over, “Do not be afraid. . . do not be discouraged. . .for I am with you.” God makes that same promise for us today. He will help us through the times of transition and difficulty. Often, we encounter circumstances that can make our lives overwhelming. In those moments we must remember that we are not alone. We must trust that God will see us through. We must rely on the Holy Spirit for direction and strength. In fact, this is what separates the Christian life from everything else. We do not work or serve by ourselves or in our own strength. God is with us! So. . . keep praying and keep trusting and watch what God can do!
– Brandon Dasinger, Missions Pastor