The Unknown – Joshua 1:3

“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.”
Joshua 1:3

This is such a beautiful reminder of how our God goes before us. The unknown can be very intimidating. Walking into a new chapter in life, when the territory becomes unfamiliar and you have to adapt to changing details. But God is with us. He knows what’s in store—He’s already been there, preparing the way before us, ensuring that His every purpose and plan will be fulfilled.

I pray that the truth of this would settle in our heart, easing our anxiety and sweeping away our fears. We may not be able to see around the next corner, and we may have to learn how to walk this path, but our Lord sees it all and He is establishing our steps. We can confidently look to Him and say, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (2 Chronicles 20:12).

“This I know, that God is for me” (Psalm 56:9). To truly grasp the confidence in this statement, we must know who our God is. Because the more we know His character, His faithfulness, and His power, the more we will realize what Paul meant when he wrote the words, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Psalm 9:10 declares, “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” When we know who our God is, when we look to Him and our eyes are opened to His workings, when we wait for Him and experience how He comes through for us and the truth of His promises, we will know that there is no foundation more steady and sure than the knowledge that “God is for me.” He is for you. He goes before you. So with each step you take, know that the One who walks beside you has already walked this path and prepared your way.

There is another level of assurance here. In Joshua 1:5, God says to Joshua, “Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.” Just as God has been with generations past, and just as He is with us, He will also be with the generations that come after us. This God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, will never cease to be faithful and true, to us and to our children. Fear rises quickly when our family is threatened. When the unknown path is that of a loved one, and everything is out of our hands. But we can trust our God even here, because His faithfulness still applies. Just as God is for us, He is also for them. In a very real, very personal, and very powerful way.

Whatever appearance our fears take this morning, I pray that we will look to our God in faith, trusting that He will not fail. Draw near to Him and seek His face. He wants you to know Him and to know the steadfastness of His love and the greatness of His might which works for you. “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9).

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed,
for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

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