I have been reading your book. I was wondering why God led me to read about you at this particular moment but as I read, His reasons became clear to me. You have always made me wonder. Truth be told, I’ve never paid much attention to you, or to your story. I have been fascinated by your predecessor and even by those who came after you. I never gave you much attention.
However, over the past few months, you’ve been really making me curious. I have been wondering why God told you on so many occasions to be strong and of good courage. I always wondered, were you so afraid of filling your mentor’s shoes? Were you afraid of the Israelites? Were you unsure of your capability to lead? Or did you fear that the God who did amazing things through Moses wouldn’t do the same with you? I mean, I get it. Filling shoes bigger than yours is not something you just wake up and do. I can relate to that. Now the silly thing about me is that, despite all the questions I had, I never looked for the answers in your book. I just kept asking people about it. Until God insisted that I go back and read your story. I’ve never been happier. Well, I have…but this was amazing! I keep reading and rereading your story.
You always walked with Moses, you saw everything that God did through him. That time that he came from the mountain with his face radiating, what did you think of it? Were you worried and scared like the rest of the Israelites? I tend to think that you weren’t. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have had the strength to go with Moses to the tent of the meeting. Were you mesmerized? Did you wish that your relationship with the Lord would reach such a place? When God told Moses to raise his staff over the Red Sea and the sea split enabling the Israelites to walk over the dry land, did you ever think that you can do something similar? Well, that God can do something like that through you? Did you trust God the much that Moses trusted Him? Did you know that the God who did awesome things through Moses lived in you and that He could do even greater things through you?
I tend to imagine that the transition from being Moses’ aide to being the leader of Israelites was not an easy one. You saw how hard-headed Israelites were. And now God says that you are to lead them to the Promised Land and divide the land to them as their inheritance. Did you feel like running away? Did you beg Moses to choose someone else? Even though it was God who chose you and not Moses? Did you think that there were other people who were more qualified than you were?
Like God parted the Red Sea, He parted river Jordan for you guys to cross over to the Promised Land. When He commanded you to tell the priests to step into the water, given that Jordan was at flood stage, did your heart skip a bit? Did it cross your mind that they could drown? After the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant stepped into the water, the ground became dry. The water stopped flowing and it piled up in a heap a great distance away, enabling all the Israelites to pass across on dry land. Like how cool was that! When the priests stepped out of the water and the river immediately flowed as before, what went through your mind? God had said He’ll begin to exalt you before the Israelites and for sure He did. How did you react? Were you like, ‘heeey guys, see what my God can do!’ did you dance around, or did you go to your knees, overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness and awesomeness?
I wonder how cool your life was. To see God do all these amazing things. Like you would tell God to just let the sun stand still and the moon to stop until you won against the Amorites and it happens! Yaani the sun did not go down for a full day! I still can’t wrap my head around this. God listened to a man. God listened to a mere man! Well, of course, you were not just a mere man but a man who trusted in God 100%. You were a man who knew that his God could do anything and everything. You were a man who did not limit God. A friend of mine was telling me the other day that I am the only person who can limit how much God can do through me. I don’t wanna be the person who limits God. I have this belief that the God who did such cool stuff in your day is able and willing to do the same in our time. We just need to obey and have confidence in our God. Oh God of Joshua, won’t you just teach me and this entire generation not to limit you? We do not want to wait for the revival. We want to be the move of God. God of Joshua, teach us to obey…and trust