“As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.” Joshua 1:5-6
We could just title this “Big Shoes to Fill!”
Have you ever felt incompetent to do something that someone asked of you? Maybe you felt “afraid,” or that “you could not do the task as well as the person before you?” No one in the Bible had the right to feel this way more than Joshua. He was the young man that Moses, the servant of God, had chosen to throw his mantle on. This was the same Moses who saw God in the burning bush! This was the same Moses that stood before Pharaoh and commanded, “Let my people go!” This was the same Moses whose rod turned into a viper and swallowed up the vipers of Pharaoh’s magicians. This was the same Moses who spoke “plagues into existence” which killed many Egyptians but protected God’s people. He was the same Moses who got water from a rock for 100,000 people to drink; the same Moses who asked God for help, and God fed the people every day with manna and quail; the same Moses who commanded the Red Sea to part and swallow Pharaoh’s army; the same Moses who came down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments written by the very finger of God.
So how would you like to “fill his shoes?” But yet here was Joshua, taking on the mantle of Moses! He may have felt a little taken aback by this new leadership role, but God said, “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.”
I feel that these scriptures are for someone right now. Perhaps the Lord has laid something on your heart to do and you are afraid… Maybe you do not feel worthy, or perhaps you feel like this is “overwhelming.” But God is saying, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you.” Be not afraid! God is on your side! Now, begin to praise the Lord and thank Him for His divine direction and protection!
You may have “big shoes to fill, but your feet will grow into them!” Sherry