Joshua 1:2 says:
‘’Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them.’’
Following the death of Moses, God challenged Joshua to rise up and lead the people of Israel to the Promised Land. Up until now Joshua was Moses’ servant but the time had come for him to transition from being a servant to a leader.
In our everyday lives we are constantly transitioning from one season to the next. New job, new relationships, new responsibilities, new environments e.c.t. However as we often find comfort in the norm, these transitions are not always easy. Often stepping into new territory can be nerve racking and daunting.
Whether we realise it or not, all the events leading up to the transition prepare us for the transition. God put Joshua in that position for a reason, so he could learn from Moses. Through his faithful service to Moses, God was raising Joshua up to lead his people. I’m sure when Joshua first became Moses’ servant he had no idea that one day he would become the leader of a great nation.
This is why it is so important for us to value each and every season in our lives because God knows exactly why and what we are experiencing them for.
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
We go through many different seasons that prepare us for what is ahead. Some bring joy, others bring pain. Seasons in which things will be lost and others where things will be gained. Whatever season we find ourselves in, it is important that we make the most of it and remember that we are never alone.
When Joshua was given this huge task of leading the people God assured him that he would be there through it all.
3 I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— 4 from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ 5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.’’
The presence of God in our lives does not mean the absence of hardship or pain. However he gives us the power to overcome this pain and hardship. It is important that every step along the way we pour our hearts out to the Lord and invite him into our situation.
‘’He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.’’(Psalms 145:19).
When Jesus was about to make the greatest transition of all time from earth to heaven he cried out to the Lord:
‘’About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (Which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
2 Corinthians 12:8-10:
8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
It is truly only by the grace of God that a servant was able to lead the people of Israel. When we find rest in the Lord and turn to him for strength and guidance there is no limit to what he can do through our lives. This is why it is important to make the most of every season in our lives.
Naturally some seasons are more fun than others but it is important that we take all our tasks and responsibilities during that season seriously. We just never know what the Lord could be preparing us for so in everything we do we must ‘’Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.’’ (Colossians 3:23).
We may not always like the season we are in but we have to trust that the Lord knows best because he can see us in our transitioned states and knows exactly what we need to get there. So whatever season you are in use all the experiences, good and bad to propel you towards your destiny.
‘’ …The diligent make use of everything they find.’’
Written by the brilliant Bernie and was also our September meeting topic!
God bless you and thank you for reading 😊💕