Summary: God hand-picks one man Joshua and said that he will ‘cause’ Israel to inherit the promised land. That’s something!
You shall make it
Deuteronomy 1:38” Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall go in there. Encourage him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. “
Though I had read the above scripture many, many times during my walk with God, yet that particular day, when I sat there in my prayer closet with tears rolling down my cheek and looked up at heaven, the above words “he shall cause Israel to inherit it” captivated me and brought hope in my heart. Do you know, “God sees us in ways that nobody else sees us?” He does not see us as we are, but as what we shall be in future. I’m bouncing with excitement as I write this? Are you?
I pray that as you read this, God takes these words into the lives of many people and make them live a powerful life for God. In the above scripture God says “Joshua shall cause Israel to inherit it.” I just want to be able to put all that is bubbling in my heart into words. God help me! God hand-picks one man Joshua and said that he will ‘cause’ Israel to inherit the promised land. That’s something! Moses brought the Israelites out from Egyptian bondage but Joshua took them to the promised land and gave them the inheritance. He finished the job with perfection! We need Joshuas’ today, who would help people inherit their blessings! Friend, it is not by power nor by might but by the power of the Holy Spirit! Someone shout Hallelujah!
The transition of job assignment from Moses to Joshua was not easy, though. God did not hide the complexity of the situation but He clearly spells out the difficulties to both of them. Deuteronomy 31:14 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.” Now, this was a great conference that Moses and Joshua were privileged to have with God. He tells Moses that, after his death, the covenant which he had taken so much pains to make between Israel and their God would certainly be broken and that Israel would forsake Him. We can see the raw pain of God as He revealed the very intent of the heart of the people. He knew they would go after other gods at the slightest of temptation. God has a clear and infallible foresight of all their wickedness.
Now, Joshua heard everything from God! I am sure, anybody in Joshua’s place would wonder, “how am I to handle these wicked people, who will be forsaking God anyway?” It is now that God commands him, "Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land of which I swore to them, and I will be with you." (Deuteronomy 31:23) “I will be with thee!”