Pastor's Corner: Von Anderson
Joshua 1:1-3, After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.” (ESV).
We are getting prepared for another presidential election. Another time for our country to take an evaluation of our leadership and decide which way we want to go. All incumbents state that they have kept their promises and we are heading in the right direction. Vote for them and we can stay the course. All opposition states that we are headed in the wrong direction. Vote for them and we will get back on the course we were supposed to be on in the first place. Then all the candidates do the very best to get their supporters to see things their ways.
The problem with that is obvious and has been for centuries, man really doesn’t know what way to go. He thinks he does and everyone believes that they are going the right way. According to II Timothy 4:3-4, For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (ESV).
Mankind follows whatever tickle their ears, things they agree with, regardless if it is truth or not. We as a country continue to look to mankind for the answers as to where we should go, what we should do, how we should do it. We have failed to realize that it is not mankind that is in control or in the lead but it is GOD and God alone who is in control and it is He who sits on the throne. It is also He that puts leaders in positions in this world. He raises up kings and tears them down just the same.
Here in the book of Joshua we see that the leadership of the nation of Israel was in a transition period. Their leader for the last 40+ years was now dead. He lead them by the hand of God out of slavery in Egypt. Led them through the Red Sea, and through the desert. He had now led them for the passed 40 years wandering in the desert because of their own disbelief and disobedience. He had spoke to and seen God face to face. He had given them the very law of God. Spoken to him by God himself. He had shown them the ten commandments. The very statements that the whole law is founded on. He had prayed for provisions and God had answered by having water from rocks spring forth, manna from heaven found every morning except the Sabbath, and quail from heaven. He had lead them to defeat foe after foe they had to face. His name was Moses.
Imagine the pressure the next leader would be under. Would the people even follow him? Would they go where he would lead? Would they battle when they had to? Would they always compare his every step with that of Moses? The most important part we need to recognize is this, God did not ask the people who they thought should be the next leader. He did not give some candidates and have them
give speeches and make promises and kiss babies, and glad hand everyone to gain their support. He didn’t even asked them, now the Moses is dead what direction should we go? No, God was in control, He was and still is on His throne. God chose Joshua, not because of anything specifically special about him but because God knew he wanted to lead His people. Here in the first chapter God goes to Joshua and tells him that he will be the next leader. Not only that but that God was going to be with him just as he was with Moses. They would still be going the same way the He(God) had been leading them, the promise land. They would accomplish that which God had said He would do for them.
So why do we still ask men to tell us and try and show us where it is that they say we should go? Why have we stopped asking God, where is it we should go? What is it we should be doing? Who is that you would have be your chosen leader to guide us? Why have we stopped seeking God’s face? We have settled for far too long voting for the lesser of two evils to lead our country for far too long. We as the people of God need to realize that it is God who leads His people through leaders He raises. We as the people of God need to spend a lot more time in our prayer closets than we do in our voting booths. We need to spend more time on our knees seeking Gods’ will instead of time arguing irrelevant points on social media. We need to allow God to be God and be in control not only in lip service but in reality.