Last weekend, we had a group of young adults over at our house for a time of fun, food, and fellowship. Our ‘New Generation’ group has been a great addition to our church. Those young people who’ve graduated from High School and are moving on to college and careers need ‘a place to belong’…as we all do! We have a lot of fun together, but we also have some pretty crucial discussions around our faith.
Last week, we discussed that virtually every one of them was about to ‘step out’ into a new direction…a new college, a new town, a new job, and even (in a few cases) a new marriage! These are exciting times! How can these young people know that they are staying on track with God? How can they know that He is leading them?
Not surprisingly, there are some nerves, some anxiety in these moves. However, IF we know that we are following the Lord, we can have confidence.
In our discussion, we read from Joshua 1. In this chapter, Joshua is taking over leadership of the people of Israel from Moses. Moses, the strong, faithful leader…the one who would go up on Mount Zion and communicate with God, so closely that he would come down radiating God’s presence, was now gone. It was now Joshua’s time.
What did the Lord say to Joshua?
Joshua 1:6-9: “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
The obvious parallel for these young people can be very important for us, to…but we can’t take God’s presence and blessing for granted! If Joshua did not continue to live by the principles of faith that the Lord had set out through Moses, then he should not expect God’s blessing. Similarly, if we don’t continue to walk with Him consistently (not ‘perfection’, and not ‘works’, but consistent, growing Faith), then we shouldn’t expect it, either.
Could Joshua have ‘Bold Faith’? Yes–because God was pledging to be with him, to lead him, and to guide and bless the people.
What about us–can we expect God’s blessing?
I believe, by His grace, that the answer is YES!
IF we walk with Him, by faith, and let Him conform us into His image (Romans 8:39).
If we do that, then we can experience the blessing of “Life…to the Full!” (John 10:10) that Jesus promised His followers.
Tomorrow I’ll write about 4 Keys to Faith and Confidence.
The key: The Faithful Love of God, and our welcoming and following Him.
He has ‘Never Once’ failed us: https://youtu.be/722zPX1npcA