“Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.”
Joshua had trained a long time to become the leader of Israel. From the first time we learn about Joshua staying in the mount while Moses talked to God to the time of Moses’ death, Joshua was being trained to lead Israel into the Promised Land. Although Joshua did not know in the beginning that he would be the next leader, there did come a point when he learned that he would be the leader of Israel.
In the verse above, Joshua faced the moment when he finally became the leader of Israel. It was “go time” for Joshua. Moses died, and now Joshua took the leadership roles and became the man who was to lead God’s people into the land that they had looked forward to being in for over four hundred years. It was certainly a heavy responsibility he had on his shoulders to fulfill this duty. Several principles God gives in the verse above that Joshua and every believer need to do when it is their “go time.”
First, don’t linger in the past when it is go time. Moses died, and there was nothing they could do to bring him back to life. You will ruin future opportunities by living in the past. The past can do nothing for you today as long as you hold onto it. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the memories of the past, but you must not destroy the future by holding onto the memories of the past. You will miss the memory-making moments of the future by not letting go of the past. Instead of living in the past, let the past be your motivator to possess your God-given Promised Land.
Second, get up and decide to do something. You will never do anything as long as you sit. God told Joshua to “arise.” Nobody has ever done anything great for God by sitting and waiting for the “perfect” opportunity. The perfect opportunity that you are looking for is now. Stop waiting for another opportunity and take the opportunities you have now to do something for God.
Third, get a big vision. God told Joshua that every place his foot treaded upon would be given to him. In other words, God didn’t limit Joshua’s ability to conquer; the only thing that limited Joshua was if he chose not to walk on a piece of land. You will never achieve something if you don’t have a vision for it. If your vision is small, your achievements will be small. The sky should be your limit. God has the capability to help you fulfill your vision no matter how big it is. Don’t limit God; rather, get a big vision and go after it.
Fourth, don’t let the fear of failure stop you. God told Joshua in verse 5, “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee…” Fearing failure squelches any vision. You cannot let fear be your deciding factor of what you will do. Never fear failure. Many have allowed the fear of failure to keep them from experiencing the jubilation of conquering. Always remember that the fear of failure always shows up to keep you from going forward when it is your go time. Don’t let the fear of failure influence your vision or decision to go.
Fifth, trust God’s promises. God promised Joshua, “I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” My friend, God will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you as you do His will. Trust God and His promise to be with you every step of the way. He has never failed to be with His servants, and He won’t fail you when it is your go time.