“Have I not called you? Have I not saved you? Be of good courage. I am with you.” – Tweet
I wonder what came through your mind when you saw the title. It’s OK, everything is alright. Let’s attempt to unravel the statement.
God promised Abraham a nation; a nation that would become slaves in a foreign land for 400 years.“Wow, how does that even make sense?” you rightly ask.
I trust you’ve been there before. Sometimes God’s promises don’t make immediate sense to us. Sometimes we struggle to relate; Sarah did, Zechariah did. You are not alone.
End of an Era
God promised Israel a strong deliverance and restoration. And by the hand of Moses, He did. But Moses missed out on the privilege of leading Israel into the Promised Land.
Could that spell the end of God’s promise to Israel, seeing Moses was dead? Could this mean the promise would stall seeing the one by whom the deliverance came faltered? Just when you thought the demise of Moses couldn’t hurt more, God came to Joshua and said:
Moses My Servant Is Dead.
Glorious Call To Courage
I wonder if Joshua thought: “Erm, thank you so much Lord! That’s very helpful (not!)” But God wasn’t finished:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 ESV)
For Joshua and Israel, God was saying, “Moses my Servant may be dead, but I am not done with you”
He says the same to you today:
“I am NOT finished with you. Your human source of hope may be gone, but I am not finished with you. Your strength may be small, but I am not finished with you. Have I not called you? Have I not saved you? Be of good courage. I am with you.”
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