Week 17 Day 4
Finding God in the Mysteries of very day
Joshua 1: 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Several years ago while on a work and witness trip to Bolivia our crew took a brief holiday from the construction site and went to visit some sites of interest a few hours away. We had cause to cross a body of water known as the Tekina (sic) Straights somewhere near our destination at Lake Titicaca. The reason was to avoid the border with Peru which was at that time on a war footing with Bolivia. The crossing was achieved via a ferry raft which our driver gingerly drove the bus on board, and we were then allowed to go out of the bus and stand around while the ferry was driven across. He ferry appeared quite rickety, made of logs and lashed together with one-inch hemp rope. I didn’t exactly kiss the ground when we beached on the other side, but I did give a prayer of thanks for a safe crossing.
When Joshua receive the Word of God at the edge of the Jordan River he must have been heartily encouraged and emboldened to undertake the task for which he had been preparing his whole life. He was to lead the whole nation across the Jordan into the promised inheritance of God. What a challenge What a privilege.
As we have received instructions from the Lord Jesus to “go and make (be making as you go) disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) we, like Joshua are constantly entering into unknown territory. We don’t know what we will encounter on the “other side” of the river, but we must go, nonetheless. “Be strong and courageous.”