ONE THING that crosses our minds when we lose a leader is how to continue.
We forget that God, who took the leader, has a plan—nothing can change it.
God cannot be caught unawares, nor can he be blindsided—everything happens with his knowledge.
So, when we lose a loved one, we must understand that he knew before it happened.
He is God, and we are not.
GOD knew Moses' demise was apparent, so he told him to anoint Joshua to take his place. (Numb. 27:18)
And when Moses passed, God told Joshua, "My servant Moses is dead." (Josh. 1:2)
God acknowledged that season of life.
He knew what they were going through was deeper than they could imagine.
God is there.
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL mourned the death of the only leader they knew. And God gave them Joshua, but he was also grieving.
He had served Moses all his life and was now in his eighties.
God was there when Moses lived. When he died, God was still there.
What will you have me do?
WHEN WE face a loss, we are short-sighted because we are lonely.
We are upset and never want to get out of bed. We lock the door and talk to no one; some visit the graveside trying to speak to the dead.
We wonder what is next and forget that he who took our loved one left us for a reason.
So, our question should be: What will you have me do?
Be attentive .
JOSHUA was quiet, but he waited on God to say something.
Then, God said: Now, you and all these people must cross the Jordan River into the land I will give the people of Israel. I will give you every place you set foot, as I promised Moses. (Josh. 1:2-4)
God did not want them to look at Moses' death in isolation. He wanted them to tie it to the Big Picture—his Kingdom.
Occupy your place.
GOD wanted him to step up.
He was no more the young man that spied on the promised land, nor was he the servant of Moses. (Numb. 13:16)
He was the leader of the people of God—Joshua was the servant of God.
There's a promise for you.
WHEN YOU are in grief, you hear very little. So, God made him a promise.
No one can oppose you successfully as long as you live. I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will never neglect you or abandon you. (Josh. 1:5)
Nothing is as soothing as knowing that God will never leave you.
The peace of God became his governor— and God's righteousness his ruler. (Isa. 60:17)
We cannot enjoy the fullness of God's peace unless we see him as always there.
You need to see God as your keeper to enjoy His fullness
TRULY in all these things, we are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. (Rom. 8:37)
However, there's a mindset God told him to adopt.
Only be strong and courageous, faithfully doing everything in the teachings that my servant Moses commanded you. Please don't turn away from them. Then, you will succeed wherever you go. (Josh. 1:7)
Just as God called Joshua to make him understand that there was more, I hope you realize there is more to your life, Christian calling, and ministry.
THE STRENGTH and courage of Joshua would be revealed in his obedience to the teachings of Moses.
For every believer in Christ, your strength and courage are measured by your obedience to God's Word.
God's Words never die.
GOD was saying that Moses was gone, but God's Word remains.
We must understand that nothing of God dies when a servant of God passes.
IN THE PAST WEEK, I lost someone very close to my heart: the Senior Pastor of the Fountain of Life Church: Pastor Taiwo Odukoya.
His enduring appeal attracted many people to him.
He respected the difficulty of the duty (Christian walk) and the beauty of the result.
Among the many gifts he possessed was godliness, which he gave us by living an exemplary life.
By the size of his heart, I can tell you he's a great man—worthy of emulation. I truly miss him.
Rest in the Lord, sir, till we meet again!