“After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, 2 “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. 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.” (Joshua 1:1-5, NLT)
In my own personal Bible study, I typically study specific subjects or themes, but from time to time I like to pick a person in the Bible and study their life. I’ve been looking at Joshua lately, I’ve studied his life in the past but this time I’ve asked the Lord to bring revelation to me about my own life but also for you who read my writings. If we look through spiritual eyes, eyes of revelation, the Lord will speak to us through the lives of others.
What the Lord showed me in the above passage for my own life, and I believe for many of you reading this, is that Moses represents something of your past and Joshua something of your future. Don’t go looking for someone to die so that you can step into your calling, that isn’t what the Lord is revealing. Sometimes it’s easy for us to hang onto the comfort of our past. Our past identity, our past successes and even failures. What the Lord is speaking through this passage is, “Moses (your past) is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you, Joshua (your present and future), to lead these people, the Israelites across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them.”
This may not mean you’re going to physically lead people in the sense that Joshua did, though you may, but as you let go of your past to step into your future your life will lead people into their future without you even realizing it. The Lord’s promise to you is, “Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you.” Does this mean physical land? It may for some of you but for most of us this means whatever you do in His name, in line with His will for your lives, will prosper. He will make you successful in whatever you put your hands to.
A key verse here, as you purpose to let go of what is dead to step into what I alive, is verse 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 Lord was with you in your past, and that won’t change, he will still be with you. When the doubters come into your life, the naysayers, you can confidently ignore their influence because no one can stand against you.
Don’t try to hang onto what is dead, step into what God wants to do now. Your Moses is gone, this is your Joshua time when you will cross your Jordan and lead others with you whether you realize it or not. Your time has come!