Have you ever felt like you were the only one? The only one who believed God would do what He said He would do… The only one who didn’t throw her faith out the window… The only one who didn’t turn away from God…
I’ve often wondered how Joshua and Caleb felt when they returned with the other ten spies after scouting the good land of Canaan – the land God had promised to give them. They really were the “only ones.” Joshua and Caleb were the only ones that believed God would and could do what He said even though the circumstances seemed insurmountable. Maybe they trusted God even more because it seemed impossible that this rag tag little group could defeat the mighty armies that lived in the Promised Land.
The people rejected God but Joshua did not.
After forty years of wandering, God used him to lead the people into Canaan and take possession of the land. Years later, after God gave them “rest from all their enemies,” Joshua knew death was near. So he summoned Israel to give them some final words of exhortation.
14 “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed…” (Joshua 23:14, NIV)
14 “Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD…” (Joshua 24:14-15, NIV)
29 After these things, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten. 30 And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Serah in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. (Joshua 24:29-30, NIV)
Joshua’s faith never wavered.
Not in battle. And not when he truly was the only one who trusted God. With his last words, he encouraged Israel to remain faithful to the God who had proven Himself faithful time after time.
What life situations cause you to doubt God’s faithfulness?
Is there a “Joshua” in your life, someone whose faith never wavers? Tell us about her!