Which of us has not found ourselves at some point spinning fast yet digging deeper in a rut? Doing the same thing repetitiously can leave us stuck in the mud of life. But unexpected losses can plunge us into a sink hold of despair.
As I read Joshua 1:1-9 the first and second verses captured my attention.
After the death of Moses the LORD’s servant, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. (NLT)
Moses had led this body of people through some pretty harried situations. But one day he just does not come back down from the mountain. I can only imagine how the people must have felt during this time of uncertainty. God instructs Joshua that Moses in fact is dead but its time for them to spring into action.
We all encounter grief but we do not need to stay stuck there. I took away three points from this passage:
- something or someone significant to you died but you still need to make preparation for movement
- just because it died does not mean it was not a part of God’s plan; not all people or things come into our lives to stay but they do have purpose
- their death (it’s death) does not stop the promises God has made or the forward movement God is requiring of you.