I woke up this morning intending to read Joshua 1 – 4. I did not make it past Joshua 1:9, for the first time a began reading these verses from the Message translation, and it pierced me. I could feel my Spirit kneeling (I need to spend more time on my knees physically before God), and as I type this, I still feel that flood of emotions.
1-9 After the death of Moses the servant of God, God spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant:
“Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people. Cross to the country I’m giving to the People of Israel. I’m giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on-just as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon east to the Great River, the Euphrates River-all the Hittite country-and then west to the Great Sea. It’s all yours. All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
In this space and place that I find myself in once again, these words of my Father are something real and tangible to hold. The reminder that Christianity is not a spectator sport, God has given me some direction. I am strengthened, encouraged and comforted by the revelation that God is with me!