When God spoke these words to Joshua, he and Israel stood at a crossroads. Their world was dramatically changing and while a new, promised land lie ahead so many questions were still unanswered. Perhaps that’s why God commands Joshua, and the people by extension, to be strong and courageous (God does this three times in chapter 1). But hold on. How is it possible for Israel to be courageous in the midst of so much uncertainty? Because God was with them wherever they would go.
The Branch stands in a similar place. A new chapter is ahead and God’s promise is that it is good. But still, we have questions. We wonder about the unknown. And so God’s words are for us too: Do not be afraid Branch family. Be courageous, for I am with you wherever you go.
For three weeks we’ll be looking at people in the Scriptures who stood at a crossroads — who faced a promising but uncertain future. Their lives inform our own and show us how we can enter the future God has for us with faith and hope.
June 21: Joshua and a Promise
June 28: Ruth and Relationship
July 5: David and Obedience