Confidence

John Koedyker

READ : Joshua 1:10-16

So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan . . . and take possession of the land.’” (vv. 10-11 NIV)

What I like about this passage is the quick response Joshua made to the Lord’s command.
He doesn’t hesitate. God says, “You’re going to be my man! Be strong and courageous and
lead my people into the Promised Land.” And Joshua answers the bell immediately and gets
to work.

You may recall that even Moses, the esteemed leader whom Joshua was following, was a
bit slow to answer God’s call. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” he asked. Moses
lacked confidence: “I have never been eloquent . . . I am slow of speech and tongue.” God
had to talk Moses into accepting the challenge of leadership.

Are you more like Moses or Joshua? Are you willing and ready to trust God and get going
in service to the Lord? Or do you hesitate, doubting your ability to do things for God?
Confidence makes the difference.

Someone once said, “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
It takes confidence in God to venture out on the open sea. But what a great adventure of
faith awaits there!

PRAYER

Lord, help me to trust you with confidence. Amen.