I was reading Joshua chapter 1 the other day and I got to thinking about what it must have been like to take over and follow in the footsteps of Moses. Those are some big sandals to fill. The 3 verses right before the book of Joshua says:
Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
Deuteronomy 34:10-12 NIV
I know that Joshua believed in God and trusted Him, because he stepped up and did what God asked him to do. My thought is more about how he must have felt so overwhelmed and maybe even scared. He had to lead regardless of how he felt.
Now I do want to say that the Bible doesn’t say how he felt about it. My thoughts are based on what I believe that most people might feel I that situation, including myself.
God also told Joshua:
Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
Joshua 1:6 NIV
God told him the be strong and courageous 3 times in the chapter, as well as not to be afraid. I would say that is significant. I know I need to be encouraged to o keep moving.
As I learn to write better and do what God is calling me to do, I feel quite overwhelmed. It seems like a lot to take on. My flesh is telling me that it may not be worth the effort, but I have to keep moving forward and rely on God. He knows what He’s doing. His strength will get me through it and help me grow. Without Him I couldn’t do any of it. Doing things my way leads to disaster, but relying on God brings success.