When the children if Israel lost Moses and Joshua became the leader of Israel, it was a moment of uncertainty. If you lose the only leader you had and you were unsure about the next leader, of course you would be afraid.
But the Lord knew already what would happen.
So what did the Lord do?
He went directly to the next leader to give Joshua instructions.
Leading a bunch of children that became descendants of rebels would be a task.
So the Lord told Joshua in Joshua 1:5-9 (NKJV) “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
As long as you do what the Lord said, success is guaranteed. The moment that you choose to do your own thing, and the moment that fear grips you, you’re done as a leader.
Then in chapter 5, the Angel Of the Lord showed up. None other than the pre incarnate Lord Jesus. Joshua challenged Him in a way, but as soon as the Angel of the Lord said to Joshua “Take off your sandals, for the ground you stand on is holy ground” there should be no doubt that Joshua was speaking to Deity.
Angels don’t receive worship. Joshua fell to the ground and worshipped God.
Joshua took no guff. He was successful by all accounts. When the children of Israel missed it, Joshua and Caleb, took no prisoners. This is what happens when you’re faced with a task.
You go in fearlessly because the Lord is with you.
“Fear not. For I AM with you.”
How can you remain in fear when the “I AM” is with you, unless the I AM isn’t with you?
Omicron is rolling around the world but sometimes when you hear people, they act according to what they hear. So what do people do? There’s an uptick in vaccinations. Another variant comes and people are motivated by fear and not facts.
The fear of hospitalizations and death is driving decisions.
But look at what it imposed? Compliance.
People are afraid to die. But death is inevitable. You will die of something or perhaps of natural causes. Natural causes is a complete shut down of vital organs. Like an “Off Switch,” death shuts down the physical body.
Hebrews 9:27 says “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, after this the judgment.”
Then Ecclesiastes 8:7-8 says
“For he does not know what will happen;
So who can tell him when it will occur?
No one has power over the spirit to retain the spirit,
And no one has power in the day of death.
There is no release from that war,
And wickedness will not deliver those who are given to it.“
People. No one is prepared for this eventuality EXCEPT those that are in Christ.
No one wants to die, but die we must.
Death isn’t a part of life. Death is payment or wages because of sin. But the Lord Jesus paid the debt of sin so that we can have eternal life. But it requires repentance from dead works and faith towards God. Sin is a violation of God’s commandments.
Adam sinned against God and the whole world was CONDEMNED.
According to Galatians 3:22, “The Scriptures confines all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.“
What is this promise?
The Lord Jesus died to pay for our sins because we’re all in sin.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Thank God for verse 24.
“Being justified (declared innocent though we’re guilty) freely by His grace through the redemption that’s in Christ Jesus.”
Repentance is turning from sin. It’s a U-Turn. You turn from sin. But that isn’t enough.
Acts 3:19 says, “Repent and be converted that your sin may be blotted out…”
To be converted means that you revert to God. You turn to God. U-Turn to God.
God grants us repentance.
“For by grace are you saved and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not of works lest any man should boast.”
So, if you’re afraid of death, it should compel you to repentance from dead works and place your full faith towards God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the gospel. This is good news in a world that’s full of bad news.