Friday, October 30, 2009

I will be with you


“I will be with you” (Joshua 1:5)

What greater comfort can come to a person than God almighty saying, “I will be with you?” The Creator who is omniscience, omnipresent and omnipotent comforts us with the words, “I will be with you.” As he was with Joshua so he is with all his children. The Father says to his children, “I will be with you.”

The Lord’s great servant Moses has died and now Joshua, who was Moses’ assistant, is being commissioned by God to lead the people of Israel into the land God has given them (1:2). Can you imagine? The leader of the people as just passed away and now God is calling you to fill the role. You are now responsible for the Israelites. As Moses’ assistant Joshua is the most prepared for this commission but through human eyes this is a huge task and responsibility. But we can see where Joshua finds great comfort. The Lord speaks to Joshua; “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses” (3). The Lord reminds Joshua of the promises he declared to Moses. Joshua must grab a hold of these promises by faith trusting the Lord for each step as he leads. The Lord then affirms Joshua saying, “Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you” (5).

The Lord was giving Joshua his blessing as he did Moses. At this point Joshua’s faith in the Lord had to be strong for the task at hand. These words ought to bring comfort to the souls of every believer as they did Joshua. As God’s children these are promises to us as well. Just as the Lord was with his children in the past so he is with his children in the present and his promises are the same for the future generations. The Lord declares, “I will be with you.” Find your comfort in the Rock of refuge, Jesus Christ. Stop searching for the comforts of this world that are like shifting sand. Start trusting in the promises of the Solid Rock.

The Lord says, “I will not leave you or forsake you” (5). Once the Father has adopted us as his children we can rest in the reality that he will not leave us. When it seems life is throwing at us the toughest of circumstances we have a God who sovereignly rules over all yet is always with us. He will not forsake you. Never! “Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (9). Your circumstances cannot take you out of the sight of your heavenly Father. Joshua trusted in the promises of God and we must do the same. Cling to the words of your Father: “I will be with you.”

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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