“I commanded Joshua at that time, ‘You’ve seen with your own two eyes everything God, your God, has done to these two kings. God is going to do the same thing to all the kingdoms over there across the river where you’re headed. Don’t be afraid of them. God, your God—he’s fighting for you.’


At that same time, I begged God: ‘God, my Master, you let me in on the beginnings, you let me see your greatness, you let me see your might—what god in Heaven or Earth can do anything like what you’ve done! Please, let me in also on the endings, let me cross the river and see the good land over the Jordan, the lush hills, the Lebanon mountains.’


But God was still angry with me because of you. He wouldn’t listen. He said, ‘Enough of that. Not another word from you on this. Climb to the top of Mount Pisgah and look around: look west, north, south, east. Take in the land with your own eyes. Take a good look because you’re not going to cross this Jordan. Then command Joshua: Give him courage. Give him strength. Single-handed he will lead this people across the river. Single-handed he’ll cause them to inherit the land at which you can only look’.” Deuteronomy 3:21-28 (MSG)



Moses had asked God again to let him lead the Israelites into the next phase of their journey, but God would not grant his request because of his disobedience years earlier.  Joshua was the one. Joshua had seen God deliver the Israelites, and he was the one who would lead them into the Promised Land that they had waited decades to inhabit. Moses, knew that Joshua had seen miracles and victories, but the fear of new battles would be overwhelming and tempt him to forget the former things God had done. God knew that the transition of leadership can create fear and uncertainty. It is one thing to lead the people, and its another thing to be second in command. Joshua would need strength and courage for the battle. Moses would not be there to answer questions and give his input. Joshua had to confidently move the people forward into God’s promises. In Joshua 1, God continually admonishes Joshua to not be afraid, yet his leadership assignment didn’t change.


God calls leaders to lead even when fear and uncertainty overshadow their role. He doesn’t tell us to wait until the fear subsides to step out; He acknowledges that it is a natural emotion by calling it out. However, God also knows that your fear can cause you to hold back when God is asking you to press forward. He is calling you out today by challenging you to not be afraid. Do not be afraid of the uncertainty, which requires you to trust Him. You don’t have to know every answer to take the next step. If you are carrying the mantle of leadership in your family, work, business, life, or ministry, fear will not lead you to experience the promises of God. Take courage and don’t let fear cloud your view of faith.


Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.  Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. 

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