A good friend of mine recently shared with his youth group how we like the word “new.” He said we enjoy shopping for “new” clothes or “new” school supplies because something that is new can be exciting. There is another word that relates well to the word new but doesn’t bring about the same excitement and that is the word “change.” My family and I are excited about some of the new things that are taking place around us but at the same time it’s a lot of change and can be overwhelming at times.
As I have been preparing to make changes in shifting my family from Texas to Oklahoma we’ve been reminded of the changes that took place in the life of Joshua. We read in Joshua 1 that Moses had died and Joshua was asked to lead God’s people. I’m sure Joshua’s head was spinning with all the change that was taking place around him and the leadership role that was being asked of him. I’m thankful the Lord knows how we feel when we face change. He reassured Joshua in verse 5, “I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or abandon you.” In the midst of God’s promise was also a set of instructions that Joshua needed to follow. God wanted Joshua to keep the commands He had given Moses. It was God saying, “I’m with you, but you need to walk with me.” The Lord has given us a similar command in Luke 9:23, “Then he said to them all, ‘If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.’” Walking daily with Christ puts me in the best position to deal with the changes that life may bring and allows me to share with others the reason for the joy and hope I have in the midst of it all.
Posted on Fri, September 21, 2018
by Kim Hayes