Facing the Future

by David and Stephen Olford

Text: "Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them" (Josh. 1:2 [see vv. 1-9]).

Thought: In this opening chapter of Joshua, we find God meeting His servant Joshua at a point of crisis with a message of encouragement and challenge.  Notice that God called Joshua to face the future with:

The Purpose of God: "Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan" (v. 2). Moses, that mighty man who led the Children of Israel out of Egypt, through the Red Sea and into the wilderness, was dead, and to Joshua was left the immense responsibility of taking over the reins of leadership and facing realistically problems of a technological, economical, and sociological nature. But God's purpose is always redemptive, and Joshua was wise enough to identify himself with the God who has a solution to every situation. 

The Promise of God: "Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, I have given you, as I said unto Moses" (v. 3). God's promises never fail, and at this crisis point in his life, Joshua rested his entire faith upon them. Having seen that God could spread a table in the wilderness to feed His ancient people, having seen the many miracles which Moses wrought by the power of God, Joshua not only believed God's promise but he was ready to possess his possessions.

The Power of God: "No man shall be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee" (v. 5). The overthrow of Jericho was the first test which Joshua was to face upon entering the land of Canaan. They leveled that city through God's victorious power-a power which we can know continuously in our own Christian experience day by day.

The Presence of God: "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraidfor the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest" (v. 9). That presence was mediated to Joshua, as it is mediated to us today through the Word of God.  Like Joshua, we should love it, learn it, and above all, live it. Before us stretches the unknown future. Let us face it as Joshua did-with God's purpose, with God's promise, with God's power, with God's presence.

Thrust:               "Present grace is enough for present necessity. Trust God for the future." 

J. MacDuff

<![if !supportEmptyParas]> <![endif]>

2011 Disciple 155x50 2011 AMG 155x50
Disciple Banner Ad