Joshua was given the duty to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. No doubt, the days ahead would be hard. He would not only have to deal with the Israelites and their penchant for being a pain, but also with the pagan inhabitants of the land who would seek to kill them all. To encourage Joshua in his task, Moses promised him that the Lord would not abandon him (Deut. 31:6, 8). The Lord repeated this promise. He said, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you” (Josh. 1:5).
It is safe to say that we have not faced the trials and troubles experienced by Joshua. Nevertheless, we do go through our share of hard times. We have enemies who fight against us as we strive to advance on the Lord’s commands. There are members of the holy nation of Israel, the church, who hinder and harm our efforts by their sinful deeds, like Achan with ancient Israel. Still, the promise of the Lord is, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).
The Lord’s promise stands good no matter the situation. He is with the man who loses his job. He is with the woman whose husband commits adultery. He is with the parents who lose a child. He is with the elders who face rebellion among some members. He is with the preacher who is wrongfully attacked by former friends.
Joshua was not to fear any man and neither are we. “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear, What can man do to me?” (Heb. 13:6). Joshua’s boldness, and ours, can only be enjoyed when we obey the Lord. He was commanded to “observe and to do according to all the law” and “not to turn from it” either to the right or left (Josh. 1:7). Our confidence comes from observing the law of Christ, the gospel. If we turn to the left or right, the Lord will not be with us—NOT because He has forsaken us, but because we have forsaken Him.
Trust in God and savor His promise not to leave nor forsake you.