Riding Tandem

Steven Laman

READ : Deuteronomy 31:1-8

I enjoy riding on the back of a tandem bicycle with my father. One summer, we biked on Lopez Island, one of the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington. Biking was a great way to appreciate the beauty of the island. Everywhere we looked, we saw one breathtaking view after another. We chose to bike on Lopez because all the literature said it was as flat as Kansas. When they made that comparison, they must have forgotten about some long hills. I would not have made it up those hills if it had not been for my dad helping me peddle.

Joshua was facing some long and steep hills. The Lord had chosen him to be the next leader of the Israelites. He was going to take over for Moses and lead the people into the promised land. Joshua was probably fretting about his new responsibility. But Moses spoke reassuring words to Joshua by telling him in front of all the people, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you.” In a sense he was saying, “The Lord will be riding tandem with you, helping you peddle.”

Sometimes we face steep hills. Our hills may come in the form of an illness, a family struggle or a personal crisis. When we face difficult circumstances, praise God that He is riding tandem with us, helping us over whatever is in our path.


We thank You, Father, that You are always riding tandem with us. You’re there helping us peddle. In Jesus’ name. Amen.