It had been forty long years. The children of Israel were now camped on east of the Jordan, ready to conquer the Canaan land. Anticipation coupled with anxiety was the mood of the day when “the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying… I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage… be strong and very courageous… Be strong and of good courage” (Joshua 1:1, 5, 6, 7).
Beginning any journey is both exciting and intimidating. When one becomes a Christian, all things are new. When one restores themselves to Christ’s fold, all things are made new again. When a new work begins, many things are new and different.
As Kelly and I begin our work with the family of Christ in Jacksboro, I can think of no better advice than the Lord gave Joshua when he rose to the challenge of leading God’s people to victory. We can overcome any obstacle, hurdle or roadblock Satan places before us if we “do not turn from it (God’s Word) to the right hand or to the left (v. 7). We look forward, with thankfulness, to the challenges we will overcome, to the burdens we will carry together, and to the satisfaction of looking back someday from eternity to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).