the future isn’t for wimps | Joshua 1.5-9
I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul.
Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed.
Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged.
God, your God, is with you every step you take.
Joshua 1.5-9 | MSG
They had stood on the brink of this future before – and they flinched. An entire generation flinched and then walked away. “The walls are too thick and the people are too small.” They weren’t the first ones to balk at the future opening up before them rather than walking into it. Nor were they the first ones to choose the security of the known quantities of the past (even if those known quantities involved oppression and forced labor) rather than risk the unknown quantities of future promises. No, the future isn’t for wimps.
The flinching of the prior generation poignantly echoed Boromir’s caution in Fellowship of the Ring:
One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.
Yes, it is folly – and much safer to go back, or at the very least to settle for this side of the river. Which is why we often say “faith” is spelled R-I-S-K. It’s also why Joshua hears the repeated encouragement to be “strong and courageous.”
“Don’t be discouraged.”
“Don’t be timid.”
And it’s also why he was urged, not to make a careful study of The Art of War, but to maintain a solid, listening posture towards God’s written counsel. You have not been this way before, and you’re going to need more than your wits about you; you need Holy Writ inside you.
No. The future is not for wimps.
What are your deepest fears as you face the future? What is the key to surmounting these fears?
Living God, the future may not be for wimps, but you say ‘the meek shall inherit the earth.’ Remind me of this truth when fears of the unfolding future threaten to shut me down. Breathe fresh courge into the sails of my life. Through Jesus.