In the history recorded in the Old Testament, God commissions a young man named Joshua to take over leading the Israelite people after Moses’ death. Joshua must have been a little nervous, as God tells him to ‘be strong and courageous’ three times. And for good reason. These people he was going to lead did not have a history of being great followers. In chapter 1, verse 3 God says to Joshua:
I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you.’
What a crazy statement, right?
Wherever you go you’ll be within what I’ve given you.
It’s quite profound, when you really think about it. A huge promise.
Reminds me of one part of the Lord’s Prayer… ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ (Matthew 6:11).
Not only does this mean God will give us what we need, it also means that what we are given is what we need.
Again, a huge promise.
Promises are true whether we believe them or not; it’s our own level of trust that’s at stake.
We don’t even need a giant pile of it… just enough for each day.
(Totally going to write that Joshua 1:3 thing on every graduation card this year.)