2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.
With the death of Moses, the nation of Israel was at a real crossroad. Do they proceed with what God had said for them to do or do they scatter and run away because the person God delivered that promise to them by had died? God spoke these words to Joshua to reassure his people that the fruition of God’s promises stands beyond the timeline of our lives and death.
Isaiah 55:11 says “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” What God has promised through his word will not come back empty or void. It will come true, in his time. Even if the dream seems far off or the thing or person you’ve put your trust in has passed, if it is the Lord’s promise, it will not come back void. It is actually in those moments where we exercise true faith. As the author of Hebrew writes, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We may never see the things we have hoped for, that is not our lot. Our lot is to have assurance for the things we have not seen!
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Ask God to help shape your prayers – countries you should pray for; situations which need God’s power and transformation; lift them up in confidence and faith. “Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’” Psalm 96:10.