I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
- Joshua 1: 3-9
Have you ever experienced a promise you felt like God made to you and then waited (for what seemed like forever) before that promise came full-circle? Imagine what Joshua must have felt when God made some pretty big promises. You can read these few verses thousands of years later, but think about how Joshua probably felt after Moses had died and Joshua was placed in charge of leading the Israelites to the promised land. No small task! Joshua prepared them for battle, led them across the Jordan River to begin their conquest, fought 3 major battles along the way and THEN finally reached their destination.
How many times in your life has God made a promise, but you had to walk through battles, fight fights, and trust when you couldn’t see, before that promise comes to completion?
It’s funny, sometimes when I hear God and know He’s made a promise, I still question things along the way. Perhaps Joshua had questions or doubts throughout his journey. I suppose that’s our imperfect, human nature. But, how do you deal with the doubts and the times that you question if the promise is ever going to be fulfilled? Reminding yourself of what God has already told us is a great start, here are a few steps to take:
SEEK THE LORD FIRST
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
- Matthew 6: 31-34
REMIND YOURSELF OF WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY BROUGHT YOU THROUGH
And I said, ‘This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.’ But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty ways.
- Psalm 77: 10-12
SEEK AND KEEP A COMMUNITY OF BELIEVERS THAT GOD CAN SPEAK THROUGH AND WHO SPEAK TRUTH IN YOUR WEAK MOMENTS
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
- Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12
Thank you, Father, for the people in our lives and the promises you make. We lift you high in all ways and thank you for hearing our prayers, especially in times of need. We rejoice now, before your promises are realized because we know you are good and your word is always true. We see you all around us, we know everything is working according to your plan and for our good. Thank you for each of our brothers and sisters that we may confide in in times of need. Amen.