Moses to Joshua
Deuteronomy 31:7-8 “Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, He is the one that goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
A father, spiritual and natural, imparts courage to their children. Now a day as truth becomes relative in our culture, we need sons who have the courage to stand up for truth. Who can call right “right” and wrong “wrong.” We need sons to carry the banner of the presence of God into new territory. For this, we need strength and courage.
Joshua was destined to take the children of Israel to places they’d never been and fight enemies they’ve never encountered. Taking the Promised Land took extraordinary courage. Deuteronomy is not the only place where God reminds Joshua to be courageous. The Lord also reminds him in the Book of Joshua when He says, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous…” (Jos. 1:5-6) The fact that God told Joshua to be courageous tells me two things; first, Joshua experienced fear; second, the line of communication that Moses enjoyed – Joshua inherited.
It is common for all of us to experience fear. Life can be scary and uncertain at times. It is a part of life, but the Word says, “Perfect love casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18). I am convinced that if Joshua did not experience the love of the Father he would’ve failed at conquering the Promised Land. Notice in these scriptures that God used Moses, Joshua’s father figure, to speak words of love and affirmation to him. Then, the Lord spoke directly to Joshua as He once did Moses.
Learning to hear the voice of God is not a science, it’s an art. I wish there were a formula like, “Pray for so many hours,” or “read so many scriptures.” But it doesn’t work that way. Joshua learned to hear Father God’s voice by noticing even mimicking Moses’ interactions. We see this picture in Exodus 33:11 where it reads, “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to a friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart the tabernacle.” Joshua watched Moses fellowship with God. I have no clue what Joshua saw, but what he saw he wanted.
This is why it is important to have a solid relationship with Christ. Someone is always watching. Our children, those we lead, have relationship with and even those we don’t notice are watching our every move. When they see us, do they want to be more like Christ?