Joshua, number two

I’m not Moses, Abraham or David. I will never be chosen like Esther to be queen. And so I my thoughts turned to Joshua who positioned himself near Moses as an assistant. He stood at the door while Moses met with God. He held Moses’ arms up when he got tired praying in the battle with the Amalakites. So I turned to the book of Joshua, chapter 1 and started reading. In the first ten verses God meets with Joshua, the man who actually leads the people of Israel into the promised land, and says, “Be strong and courageous.” Joshua will have to step into Moses’ sandles, will have to lead and is not to be terrified cause God will not leave him, wherever he goes. What a promise.

I suspect most of us feel like number 2, not the person getting the glory and the applause, trying to do jobs that we might not feel so qualified to do, following after a beloved leader. The words, be strong and courageous for I am with you, are a comfort. God sees the number twos and encourages us onward. So who are we positioning ourselves next to today and who are we learning from? Who helps us grow in making God our first priority? Who are our spiritual heroes?

Today as you go about your tasks, small and large, may you hear the Spirit saying, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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