Thoughts originating from Joshua 1-8, 23-24
Joshua had some big shoes to fill. He was replacing Moses, one of the greatest prophets and leaders the world had ever known (or ever would know, for that matter). Through the Lord, Moses helped hundreds of thousands of Israelites safely out of captivity, working one
mighty miracle after another in the process.
Joshua might have felt like he could never measure up to his predecessor. He must have
been relieved when the Lord promised him, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Joshua 1:5)
And then he must have been relieved again when the people accepted him too. They told
him, “All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go. According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee” (Joshua 1:16–17).
The Lord had more words of encouragement for Joshua. He said. “Have I not commanded
thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismaved: for the Lord
thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest (Joshua 1:9).
In other words, the Lord was saying, “I’m the one who gave you these commandments,
right? Then of course I will help you accomplish them!”