“I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised.” Jos 1:3 NIV
Can you imagine how Joshua felt stepping into Moses’ shoes? He needed assurance, so God told him: (1) “I will give you every place where you set your foot.” In other words, just step out in faith and claim it. It’s yours, if you’re willing to walk toward it and take possession. Would it be easy? Would they get there overnight? No, but their confidence came from the words, “as I promised.” The song goes: “Standing on the promises that cannot fail; when the howling winds of doubt and fear assail. Standing on the living word I shall prevail; standing on the promises of God.” (2) “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life” (v. 5 NIV). Will you face criticism? Yes. Will you come under attack? Yes. There were thirty-one kings, seven nations, and giants the size of telephone poles waiting for the Israelites in the Promised Land. But every battle you fight is just an opportunity for God to show Himself strong on your behalf. (3) “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you” (v. 5 NIV). If you’re anxious about the future, recall God’s faithfulness to you in the past. At the end of his life Joshua wrote: “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled” (Jos 23:14 NIV). And the God who came through for Joshua, will come through for you.
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