God’s Presence

“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Joshua 1:5

God’s assignment for Joshua might have caused him some concern. Being the successor to Moses wasno small task. Through Moses, God had turned the waters in Egypt intoblood, parted the Red Sea, destroyed the Egyptian army, andmiraculously fed the nation for forty years. God spoke to Moses onMount Sinai and gave him His law. Joshua must have wondered how hecould follow Moses. To erase any doubt, God assured Joshua that Moses’accomplishments had all been due to God’s presence. Joshua grewconfident because the same God who walked with Moses now walked withhim (Josh. 1:6). 

As you read the accounts of God’s miraculous workthrough men and women in the Bible, you may wonder if God stillperforms such miracles today. Be assured that the same God who walkedwith Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Peter, James, John, and Paul now liveswithin you. No power can defeat the God who guides you. The God whoblessed them is just as capable of working out His purposes throughyour life. The same God who gave them victory over seeminglyinvincible enemies, who provided for them when their own resourceswere insufficient, and who guided them in their decisions, is preparedto work as powerfully in your life today. The heroes of the faith hadone thing in common: they were all ordinary people with no power oftheir own. The difference is the mighty presence of God. Times maychange, but the effect of God’s presence remains the same.

About John Harris

χian, Jesus saves. μιᾶς γυναικὸς ἄνδρα, Pastor at Pleasant Heights, PhD (NT) candidate at Midwestern; forever Texan, μολὼν λαβέ; Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Allons-y
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