Today’s guest contribution comes from:
Joey Whitney (@joeywhitney5), Pastor, Calvary Christian Fellowship, Baton Rouge (@calvary_br)
A lot of times we look at those who have done amazing things for the Lord as if it was completely unattainable or God could never use me the way He used that person.
This is completely untrue. It seems as though Joshua felt the same way. He had spent his whole adult life as an assistant to Moses and he had seen all the things that God had done through him. And I’m sure it was a little intimidating with the new job he was given.
God wanted to assure Joshua that, “As I was with Moses, I will be with you. Everything that I brought him through, I will be there to do the same with you. I will lead you, I will guide you. I will be your strength when you feel weak. I will give you wisdom when you need it.”
Joshua was put in an uncomfortable situation. A situation that would push him beyond the limit of what he thought he could do…this is why in the next verse we see God say to him, “be strong and courageous.” It’s not because he already had courage and he was comfortable, it’s because he needed courage and he needed strength because he felt uncomfortable. He was feeling weak in that moment and he needed that reminder.
Often times when we follow God we are put in similar situations where we are put in a spot that we don’t really feel comfortable with. In those moments we need to hear God speak to us “just as I was with Moses, I will be with you.”
God has a desire to use us in ways we would never dream where possible. If we will allow Him. But a lot of times that means He will want to put us in situations where we absolutely need to rely on Him and His strength to make it through so that He is most glorified.
If you are in this situation, allow God to speak that to you today. That He is with you and He will not leave you or forsake you. Lean on Him. He will be your calm in chaos. He will be your strength in weakness, He will give you words when you have none. Trust Him even when you’re uncomfortable and see how He moves!