“Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.” Joshua 1:1,2 NASB
For four hundred years the nation of Israel was slaves of the Egyptian Pharaoh. They were forced into brutal labor and even required to take the lives of their own children at the command of Pharaoh. Their prayer for a deliverer was finally answered through God’s servant Moses. God told Moses, “Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel, ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.” (Exodus 6:6). As always, God kept His word.
Shortly after humbling the most powerful nation on earth, at that time, God led His people to the Jordan. God told them Cannon was their land, for He had given it to them. They simply needed to drive out the inhabitants of the land and take possession of it. Prior to crossing the river they sent twelve spies into the land to observe it. They came back reporting that the land was everything God said it was. However, ten of the twelve spies told of giants in the land, stating, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.” (Numbers 13:31). Joshua and Caleb, the other two spies, agreed that there were mighty giants in the land. However, they knew that they were not going in their own strength; they were going in the power of God.
The report of the ten struck fear in the hearts of the people, keeping them from taking possession of the land, causing them wandered in the wilderness until every one of the unbelievers was dead. Now, only Joshua and Caleb remained from their generation, the only two who believed in the power and promises of God.
Now, Joshua was once again standing on the banks of the Jordan River waiting to cross over and take possession of the promise given forty years prior. Joshua knew that there were still giants in the land. However, he also knew that his God was almighty and all powerful. He had seen the strength of his mighty God’s outstretched arm in action and knew that the giants did not stand a chance. He had also seen God keep His promise time after time and knew that this time would not be different.
The reality is we all face giants within our lives that are much bigger than our abilities. Therefore, the question isn’t, “What are we going to do about it?” The real question is, “Are we going to trust in God to do something about it?” We need to be like Joshua and Caleb. We must stand in faith, even when the situation is seemingly impossible, knowing that there is nothing impossible for God. Over the course of this week I will share some of the promises, that we can stand on, that God gave to Joshua just before crossing the Jordan.