Alexander Graham Bell once said, “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
This may well have been the place Joshua had come to when Moses was no longer around to encourage him. He may have been depressed, bewildered, struggling with thoughts of how he was going to make it without this giant of a man who had successfully led Israel through so much adversity and hardship. Then one day God shows up on his doorstep telling him, “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” (Joshua 1:2).
The point God wanted Joshua to get a handle on was Moses wasn’t the one who had taken Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land, he was. The lesson you and I are to learn is God is in control, he is at the helm, the ultimate leader; our faith to move forward is to rest solely in Him; not a man or a woman, a preacher or a teacher.
If God is prompting you to take on a project at church, to get involved with a ministry need or just to share your faith with someone else, know that “God can be trusted to keep his promise[s]” (Hebrews 10:23 NLT), he will guide you through each step of the way – he will. No matter the depth of the sea or the width of the river; regardless of the mountains height or the vastness of the valley, God is faithful and will not throw you to the dogs, but listen; If your confidence rests in humanity, your tomorrows will always be filled with uncertainty and doubt, your dreams always a day away; but if in God, the future is brighter than it ever has been. Batten down the hatches, soldier; get up and get moving – full steam ahead. Keep “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).