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The pastor ended the sermon focused on how God prepared Joshua for his new leadership position. In Exodus 33:11, God’s word says this,  “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.” So, even years before God was planning on promoting Joshua, he was preparing him, alone, in his presence. And when it was Joshua’s time to take the reins, God reminded him of what he considers success – “Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:7-8)

I came to the conclusion yesterday that I don’t meditate on God or his word day and night. Sometimes neither day nor night for that matter! My mind just goes wherever it wants. I’ll try to focus on God and his stuff, but all the sudden, minutes or hours later, I’ll wake up and realize my mind has gone off the track. I am reminded of a passage that used to mean something to me – “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)”

My Bible reading has been non-existent for at least a week. I don’t even hunger or thirst for it. My mind is so preoccupied (is it because to face God’s word means to face the reality that I am not in his will with regards to my employment?). Whatever the reason, well there are no good reasons. Time with God. What if I lived as though that were the most important thing in my life?

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I love this sermon title from January 23rd. At the beginning of the sermon, the pastor asked a few questions to get us thinking – Why is what God says in his word not true in my life? Why am I stuck? He was preaching from Joshua 1 and, as a background to the text, reminded us of what happened during the Exodus.

The people forgot about their slavery, forgot the freedom God provided. They saw Pharaoh chasing them and they were terrified (They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”- Exodus 14:11-12)

They grumbled and wandered. Now they stood at the banks of the Jordan River, looking at the Promised Land, a land that should have been theirs 39 years earlier. They had been there before but had failed. The end of Plan B was in sight.

In our Plan B, we drift into the questions and feelings that usher us away from hope and God –  Why is this happening? Am I being punished? Why aren’t God’s promises fulfilled in my life? Does God hate me?

God asks us to take risks, just like he was leading Joshua to take the risk of leadership. God doesn’t want fear to paralyze us – The fear of failure, the fear of rejection, the fear of shame. Fear. Joshua was put at the head of a complaining, obstinate people. He was replacing The Man. Moses. Therefore, God spoke these promises and challenges to Joshua in chapter 1:1-9

After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.  I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.  Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.  No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life.

As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 

Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

Be strong and very courageous.

Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 

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.”

At the end of the sermon, the pastor asked, “Would God want me to be a joke?” I had been thinking for some time prior to this sermon that I was the joke, not work. So, it was a penetrating question into a penetrating wound because I know my life is a joke. I do fear. I am past the point of discouragement. I have accepted that I am wandering in a desert and it is my fault.

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Exodus 16:2-3 — In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death."

In spite of their grumbling, God fed them.

But they still didn’t do what he asked.

Sounds like us.

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Exodus 15:22-24 – Figures

For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "What are we to drink?"

Isn’t that just like us? How quickly we forget.

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Exdous 14:13

Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again."

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Exodus 14:12

Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!"

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Exodus 14:15

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on."

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