God Will Do it Again
“And I commanded Joshua at that time, 'Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings. So will the LORD do to all the kingdoms into which you are crossing. You shall not fear them, for it is the LORD your God who fights for you.'” (Deuteronomy 3:21–22).
HE WILL DO IT AGAIN.
It is a wonderful thing to have family and friends to lean on in times of need; they are gifts from God. Joshua found such a friend in Moses. Moses gave Joshua the most important advice ever: turn to Almighty God for everything. The same is true for us today. No one can give us more help, more confidence, or more courage in the face of our fears than our Lord Jesus. When we seek counsel outside of God and outside of His Will for us, we often end up finding ourselves in more fearful and dreadful situations.
When Joshua was slowly filling the shoes of Moses, God spoke powerful words of encouragement to him and persuaded him to face the enemy. God had promised to give the land of Canaan to them, but they would still have enemies to face along the way. The same goes for us: we are saved by Jesus’ blood, but there are still many battles against evil forces – including our own sinful flesh – that we must face before we reach our promised land of eternal rest in Heaven. As we get closer and closer to God, the enemy tries more and more to choke the life of faith out of us. Yet there is nothing for us to fear, as God will deliver us as He always has. God will be victorious in our lives because He has already won the battle.
As the Israelites proceeded to the Promised Land, the first two kings they encountered and fought (Og and Sihon) were astoundingly defeated. Their enemies were flabbergasted! Their cities were fortified with high walls, gates, and bars, yet God utterly destroyed them. Nothing can stand against His power! Joshua witnessed all of this and he was awed. Now, there were several other cities and powerful kings to conquer and the shoes of leadership were on his feet. His mentor Moses encouraged him to remember all that God had already done.
When the enormity of responsibility belongs to someone else, we don’t realize how heavy it is. But when that responsibility falls on our shoulders, we tend to have knee-jerk reactions of fear and trepidation. God the Father understands our innermost feelings. When we have fear of our responsibilities, God steps in, maybe through an experienced family member or friend, to remind us – like Moses reminded Joshua – to think back to the victories God already won and to prepare for future victories in Him.
When you face a gigantic problem, FEAR NOT! Remember all the goodness that the Lord your God has done for you in the past. Remember His mighty power that has protected you. This will allow you to therefore stand equipped and ready to face the giants looming before you. Be it a rebellious teenager, a brutal boss, a drunkard spouse, a stagnant job, an uncertain future, a failing health, or financial troubles – do not be worried and face these troubles with God. Don’t expect to be pampered. Expect to be led through the struggle. Meditate on His promises and face the enemy.
There will always be challenges that each of us will face in life. Fearfully worrying, arguing, or complaining will never get us anywhere. Instead, take up your Bible and fervently read. Learn and digest the Word and the promises of God. Lean on and learn from the saints who have gone before you. God will silence all your fears with His promises. ”Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done.” (Deuteronomy 3:21). Refuse to focus on your problems and fear. Instead, choose to contemplate His goodness, mercy, and abundance in the past and wait for Him to do it again.