One of my favorite characters from the Bible is Joshua. We first meet Joshua in Exodus 17, Moses is having Joshua lead his army into battle. He even accompanies Moses to meet with God in Exodus 24.
Yet, after Moses’ dead we see God clearly takes Joshua aside and gives him a pep talk. God tells him four times, be strong and courageous. Not because Joshua is the prime example of what a military leader should but for the very reason that God will be with him wherever he goes.
Change is never easy for anyone. Joshua took over leadership after Moses. Talk about huge shoes to fill in the leading department.
I would be the first to raise my hand and say I don’t like change. I have at times physically run from change. I avoid change when at all possible. Anyone have first timer’s anxiety? I do. My hands sweat, I sweat, and my brain races through every possible horrible scenario.
This summer, I crossed the border for the first time by myself into Canada. Before the flight, I found myself sitting on my parents’ living room floor crying because I couldn’t decide what carry on suitcase to bring. The problem was not the suitcase, it was my fear of doing something for the first time alone.
In the first chapter of Joshua, God tells Joshua two times, The LORD will be with you! Joshua did not have to lead the people of Israel by himself. God would walk with him. An amazing promise!
These verses remind us that we don’t have to fear what the future holds because we have God who has promised to never leave us. (Hebrews 13:5) Every change, every season, every adventure, we are not alone. You may not have a person physically walking beside you in these times. But if you are a Child of God, than you have something even better. So great that Jesus told his disciples that it was better that He left so the Holy Spirit could come and indwell us.
You might be like me, and know these truths, but you’re wondering how I stop fear change. Well it’s not an easy task. It takes daily reminders that you are not alone. Kari Jobe sings a song I listen to whenever I feel alone. It’s call I AM NOT ALONE. It’s a reminder of the truth that the Bible tells us.
“I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me”