“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, because of them for the Lord goes with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you” – Deut 31:6 (NIV).
As Moses’s commission on earth drew to an end he prayed for his hand picked successor, Joshua. They had been together in many battles and it was now time to pass on the torch. Yet the small wandering Jewish tribe lost out in the desert was still very uncertain of what lay ahead. They needed a strong leader.
The prayer of Moses for Joshua is as inspiring as it was then. “The Lord God himself will cross ahead of you” (Deut 31:3). He promised Joshua, “The Lord will deliver them to you” ..(verse 5).
As we know Joshua easily picked up once Moses was gone. The Lord God enabled Joshua to cross the Jordan ( Joshua 3). He led Joshua in the battle of Jericho. “See, I have delivered Jericho to you, along with its king and fighting men”
(Joshua 5:2). And multiple battles ahead.
Joshua was successful because the Lord God went always ahead of him. And he was always mindful of that insisting to move with the ark of God. This is a good reminder for all of us that the best gift one can give any of us when moving out on any journey, is the prayer of Moses, that the Lord God goes ahead of us.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, today I pray in the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, that you always go ahead of me!