If you missed part 1 of this series, I encourage you to check it out here. Part one will add a bit more context as to how Chance the Rapper inspired me to write about Joshua and the miracles God used him for. Again, you can read that here.
I believe that God desires to use each and every one of us for miracles. Sometimes these miracles are small, and sometimes they are big, but both equally important. So the question in this blog series is, are you ready for those miracles? What does it look like to be ready? Let’s look at Joshua’s story, and the first biblical principle that prepares us for the things God wants to do in our lives (aka, miracles).
When you look at Joshua’s life it is truly incredible. Talk about someone who was ready for a miracle! God used Joshua to lead the Israelites through the Jordan River, through the walls of Jericho, through a battle where the sun stood still, (yeah, like seriously stood still!) and ultimately into God’s promised land. While we could certainly look at each and every one of these miracles, I want to rewind Joshua’s life. I want to rewind to even before the miracles- before the river split, before the walls fell, and before God moved mightily through Joshua.
As the book of Joshua opens up in chapter 1, Moses has recently died, leaving the Israelites with no leader. God essentially tells Joshua that it is time to fill Moses’ fairly large leadership shoes. Talk about an overwhelming challenge! But, in all of this, there’s one thing I want to focus on.
As God calls Joshua to lead His people, God promises.
God promises Joshua that He will be with him as He was with Moses. He promises Joshua, “I will not fail you or abandoned you.” (Ch. 1:5). Which brings us to the first principle we can learn about being ready.
Believe the Promise.
Unfortunately, we live in a world that makes, and more importantly breaks, promises every day. Every relationship we’ve had, at some point or another has broken, or will break their promises. We’ve all been burned. Because of this, it makes it extremely tough to take God completely at His word. We want to believe in the promise, we want to see God use us for His purpose, but deep down (if you’re anything like me) we question the promise.
Fortunately, our God is also a promise maker, and He’s a promise keeper! There’s not one promise throughout God’s word that He has made, that hasn’t come true, or that isn’t going to come true. All throughout scripture God promises some absurd things, (Like God telling Joshua and the Israelites that walking around some walls is going to make them fall!) and we see them come true! Joshua believed God’s promise far before he was used for all the miracles.
Too often in my life I want it the other way around. I want to see the miracles, so that I can believe the promise. However when I look at Joshua’s life it seems pretty clear to me that in order to be ready for a miracle, the belief comes first.
So, are you ready? How are you believing in the promises of God today? How are you not? Spend some time this week asking the Lord to remind you of His faithfulness. Perhaps even spend time studying all the promises God makes!
Until next time, believe the promise.
Are you ready?
Director of Contemporary Worship