Have not I Commanded You?
The first chapter of Joshua, (Joshua 1:9) the LORD says, Have I not commanded you?
If you only ever read Joshua and reading from his perspective, you’d be like, yeah, I guess You just did command me. (Joshua 1:6)
But the LORD did command Joshua before that. When He took Moses and Joshua up on a mountain to commission Joshua. He commanded him there.
It’s easy to just focus on the “Be strong and of good courage” – and that is a good thing too. We need to be encouraged and confident in Him. Especially in this environment of constant change, doubt, and fear.
Looking at the actual history of Israel, we can have even more confidence. Well, Joshua, could have even more confidence. Consider:
- He saw the miracles from Egypt
- He saw the wrath of God
- He heard the voice of the LORD
So when God says, “trust ME I got this”. Joshua should have been right there saying, Yes LORD!
Now for us, the church.
The Lord of glory, Jesus Christ, said in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always.”
That directly follows, “All authority and power have been given to me.”
Selah. Think on that.
The ONE who possesses all authority and power is with us. He is Immanuel – the with us God! He will never leave us nor forsake us. THAT is confidence, it is something that we can latch onto.
Power and authority
If you needed more confidence, Jesus also said: “Upon this rock (of faith) I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
This is almost a better tie in for us to Joshua. Gates don’t advance, they guard. They are a defensive mechanism. The defensive mechanisms of hell have no power, no authority, no stance against the church that is abiding in Christ, in His power and authority.
It is blessing upon blessing. Confidence upon confidence.