Two years ago, my mother in law went home to heaven after a year of slowly marching toward glory. Grieving such a loss puts you in an odd place — you are standing still in one spot, while the rest of the world moves on unaware. Loss, pain, and tribulation seek to swallow us up in the darkness, but as believers, we are children of light. We must move forward through the obstacles and lay claim to the promises ahead.
Recently, as I was digging “Into the Word” I saw a living example of this principle through the life of Joshua:
After the death of Moses the servant of God, God spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant: “Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people. Cross to the country I’m giving to the People of Israel. I’m giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on—just as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon east to the Great River, the Euphrates River—all the Hittite country—and then west to the Great Sea. It’s all yours. All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” (Joshua 1:1-9, MSG)
After Moses death, God told Joshua to get going — to give it everything he had heart and soul. If Joshua had allowed himself to get wrapped up in the pain and loss, he would have missed out on the Promised Land ahead. So get going, there is greater glory in your future.
Q4U: How have you plowed through valleys to get to the green grass of the mountain ahead?