1-Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, 2-“Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.
Notes verses 1-2 — The passing of the torch is a sign of new beginnings and another step of faith. Moses had served his purpose for God and now it was time for Joshua to accept this massive role of leadership. Joshua was very blessed to have been mentored by his predecessor Moses. He witnessed the power of God. He knew that even when life seemed impossible. God could make it possible. Even though Joshua had followed God by following the leadership of Moses, he would still need to step out on faith. He no longer had the option of turning his ear to Moses for advice. He now would have to turn more than an ear, but also his very heart to God. Joshua had grown up as a stone cutter. He created things for people to look at. Now people would be looking at him instead of the stones he had shaped. I find it interesting that he worked as a stone cutter. He molded and shaped stone into various images. Just as it takes time to create the image from stone so did it take time for God to chip away and mold Joshua into the leader he had become. God told Joshua to get up and lead the people into a new land that seemed to be just out of reach. He would need to cross over the Jordan river without the waters being parted and walking on dry ground. If you have ever crossed a river before then you know that it is no small task. First you must find a place in which you can safely cross. Then of course you have to be prepared for the unexpected things to happen. Moving water is one of natures most powerful, beautiful, and dangerous things ever created by God. Now imagine moving over a million people through this water while keeping each one of them safe. This task would only be the beginning of what God had in store for Joshua. Joshua had to be prepared for not only crossing the river, but also for the dangers on the other side. When God told Joshua to go and do, He also gave a promise. Joshua believed that God would provide everything needed for this new chapter in his life.
Has God been speaking to you about something? He probably is not asking you to lead over a million people, but He is asking you to do something. I want to encourage you today by reminding you that God can and will do amazing things through the most unlikely people. Be blessed today and say yes to God.