“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave yoorbor forsake you,” (Joshua 1:5 ESV).
Imagine trying to be the shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls after Jordan retired. Even if you are the second best basketball player to ever play the game, you’re still not good enough. That’s the position Joshua is in at the beginning of the aptly named book of Joshua. Israel has just buried Moses, one of the most dominant characters in the OT. He met God in a burning bush. He led the Israelites out of Egypt. He was a part of God parting the Red Sea. He physically saw God’s back from the cleft of the mountain. He
delivered the 10 Commandments. And Joshua has to take his place.
Joshua has to lead the people into a foreign land. He has to lead the army to conquer this territory. He has to be in charge of the spiritual walk of an entire nation. His obstacles and responsibilities are immense. But as he takes charge, God makes him a promise. “I will be with you.” At the end of the day, if God is with him, he is able to overcome any obstacle. He can conquer any opposition with God at his side.
And God is on our side as well. He will not leave us or forsake us.