READING: Deuteronomy 32-34, Joshua 1
Moses, the leader of the Hebrews, was dead, and no one knew where he was buried.
He had been unique, indeed, as the Scriptures describe him: “No prophet has arisen again in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unparalleled for all the signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do against the land of Egypt—to Pharaoh, to all his officials, and to all his land—and for all the mighty acts of power and terrifying deeds that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel” (Deut 34:10-12).
Still, he was gone. The people mourned and wept for him for 30 days. Their leader was dead.
God, though, had already raised up the next leader: Moses’ servant, Joshua, who had learned at his feet. When God announced to Joshua that “Moses, my servant is dead” (Joshua 1:2), this was not news to Joshua. Instead, it was God’s saying to him: “It’s your turn now. You can’t rely on Moses anymore. I am with you, though, so don’t be afraid or discouraged.” It was time for Joshua to take the reins as God carried out His plan.
Wherever you are today, God wants to use you. Push past your excuses, trust He has a plan for you, and serve Him with all your being. It’s your turn—and mine—to do God’s work.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Are you doing all God has asked you to do today?
DAILY PRAYER: “Father, I give myself to You. Lead me.”
MONDAY’S READING: Joshua 2-5