When Moses passed on, Joshua was appointed by God as the next leader and given a vision to lead his people. God did not just give Joshua the vision; God assured Joshua His presence and told him to be “strong and courageous” multiple times!
In order for Joshua to walk into this victory, the “condition” is that Joshua meditates on God’s words. In essence, what God was asking Joshua to do was to renew his mind by feeding on His truth - the kingdom reality. This “condition” is set down by God not for His sake but for Joshua’s sake – that he may not be fearful or discouraged but be strong and courageous in the knowledge of the Lord God who will never leave nor forsake Him but is sovereign in all things.
When you have full understanding of just who backs you up, your entire outlook in life will be transformed: Procrastination into action, reluctance into courage, and worry into peace. Joshua became courageous simply by knowing whom he belongs to. When tasked by God to lead, Joshua did not ask, “You sure, God? Give me the long term business plan for this before I start!”
Joshua seemingly knew the next step and in faith he stepped out and commanded the people. Joshua heard, and responded.
When God calls you out into the water, He has already made provision for you to walk on water. Just look to Him; yes there is a chance where you may drown and be called crazy… but what if you succeed? What could you achieve, change, impact, or transform in this world? Perhaps this is the answer to your seeking: Be strong and courageous for the Lord your God will neither leave you nor forsake you.
Deutoronomy 31: 8
The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
- Elizabeth Tan