Joshua 1:1-2 – “After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them — the children of Israel.” NKJV
Every time I read this passage the same thing leaps off the page at me – “Moses My servant is dead. NOW THEREFORE….” Joshua had been in training and could not rise to his full potential and fulfill his destiny UNTIL Moses died. Some will never launch out into what God has for them as long as their ‘security blanket’ is present. That may be an association with an organization, a person(s), a job or something else. I have watched people become so attached and dependent upon a leader whose charisma and/or wisdom overpowered and overshadowed everything in their lives. Some leaders cultivate that type of allegiance and dependence. It may not be intentional but the end result is the same.
I have frequently challenged people reminding them that I am not the one they are to look to God is. I did not call them, commission them, and while I may have been used in their training, equipping, and spiritual development that too is the work of God ultimately. God has a purpose for each of us and that purpose will never be realized as long as we have a Moses living in our lives who overshadows the purpose. I have seen some who would not venture into the uncharted waters of God’s call because the Moses of Security and a regular paycheck and job held sway over their lives. Understand I am fully cognizant of our personal responsibility to meet obligations and provide for family.
It was when God identified to Joshua that Moses was dead that Joshua could begin to accept the responsibility of leadership and face the stark reality that he was now a Moses to others. It was God reminder to him that his source and strength was not Moses but God. God rehearsed the covenant promises and in East Texas verbiage He was saying, “Nuff said Joshua, Get up and get ‘er done.” Joshua had observed, been mentored, and tested so now it was time to apply what he had learned and experienced and rise to face the challenge before him in faith! God did not fail Moses and He would not fail Joshua. He had kept His promise to Israel and would continue to do so. So it is time to GET UP and GET GOING!
I have heard people say that they felt God wanted to use them but never saw the opportunity. What? If God has called you to anything He will also open the door and equip you to fulfill that purpose. It is up to us to present to God a willing heart and an obedient life. Allow the Holy Spirit to dismiss timidity and fear while filling your heart with faith. It may not always be easy nor the way always clear but if we keep our eyes on Him we will reach our destination.
May God be with you as you go through your day!