“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I swore unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:3, 5-7).
The Lord delivered all the enemies into their hand. There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass” (Joshua 21:44-45).
Why do I continue to doubt God’s promises? Every time I become confident in where God leads me; I lose my direction because I take my eyes off of my destination. “Joshua had assisted Moses for many years and when Moses died he was responsible for leading over two million people into a strange new land and conquering it.” Out of 12 spies, he and Caleb were the only two who believed that God could help them conquer the land. Instead of trusting God and following God’s plan, the rest of the spies doubted God could give them the promise.
Time and again, God gave Joshua the words to give to the people to be strong and of good courage; he repeated his promise to be with them, and his command for them to be strong, four times in chapter 1 alone. I counted! If you read it once in God’s word it’s important; when you read it twice in God’s word, it’s doubly important; how many times does it take to realize that the Lord will do as he says? He can’t lie, nor is he slack concerning his promises. It’s not enough that he commanded us to be strong and to not be afraid; no, the Lord didn’t stop there; he said that he would go with us no matter where his will takes us. It’s up to us to follow the plan—not try to figure out God. His ways are much higher than our ways, he knows the beginning from the ending and his will is unquestionable.
“Just do it and stop worrying,” I tell myself. God has given us an opportunity of a lifetime; much like the opportunities given to the Israelites—a land of promise that’s flowing with milk and honey and everywhere that the sole of our foot treads, belongs to us—yet, we still question who, what, when, where, why, how, and should we follow the plan? I believe that the Lord is telling me to follow his will and to leave the rest of the details in his hands.
If I’ll release the control, God will work out his perfect will in my life. It all belongs to him anyway so why am I trying to get ahead of God instead of just following the plan? He said he wouldn’t fail me or forsake me and he’s commanded me to be strong and of good courage. He said if I’d do all according to the law that I’d prosper. I can’t be effective if I’m not courageous because God commanded it for me, it’s part of the plan. I must be courageous and consistent in my faith if I desire to see results.
In this week’s Lattereign we realize that we can gain our power by just believing in the Promise. The Power of Believing the Promise