As I [ God ] was with Moses, so I will be with you [ Joshua ]. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
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When a mother decided her little boy was old enough to begin walking the few blocks to his school by himself, it was a major step. Nervous for the first few days, the little guy nonetheless made it to school and home safely the whole year. It wasn’t until years later that the mother told her now teenaged son that she had followed behind him, out of sight, every day for that first year to make sure he made it to school safely. He had been nervous and a little afraid to walk by himself, but he shouldn’t have been. The one who loved him the most was always with him.
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When Joshua filled Moses’ sandals as the new leader of Israel, he was no doubt nervous and a little afraid, too. He remembered the giants in Canaan that the spies had reported decades before (Numbers 13:31-33). So God made a promise to Joshua: “I was with Moses. You are taking Moses’ place. So I will be with you as well.” Part of God’s covenant promise to Israel was to be with them and make them successful. And Jesus affirms that same promise to His followers: “And lo, I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).
As you go about God’s work today, remember: He is with you (Mark 16:20).
Anxious care is out of place in a heavenly Father’s presence.
By David Jeremiah.