He had to know it was going to happen at some point in time, and he may have thought what life would be like without him; however when he heard the thundering voice of God, he was still shocked: “Moses my servant is dead.”
Joshua took a deep breath and began to reflect on the life lessons he had learned from this mighty man of God. He wiggled his toes as he thought of his pilgrim journey—the past as well as the future. The one had been the geography of the land and the escape from Egyptian purgatory, but the other was just ahead and was the long-awaited “milk and honey” territory. One had been miles of pain traveled by foot, but the other would be acres of promises claimed by faith.
His thoughts were interrupted by the unmistakable voice of God: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not abandon you or leave you alone. Be strong and brave! You must lead these people in the conquest of this land that I solemnly promised their ancestors I would hand over to them . . . Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the Lord your God, am with you in all you do (Joshua 1).”
Like Joshua, you have an inheritance to claim. It’s more than a piece of dusty real estate, it’s a regal estate: It’s a relationship that promises victory. Paul said, “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37).”
When you read other translations of this verse, they speak of being “completely victorious through God; experiencing an overwhelming victory;” and, being “triumphantly victorious due to the one who loved us.”
There is not a single instance where God promised that the road of life will be completely smooth and detour free. Moses and Joshua both experienced some trials and heartaches, and you will as well. This is why Paul said, “We do not despair . . . even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).”
When the hard times come, “be strong and brave,” and “don’t despair” the eventual victory is yours because you will be “triumphantly victorious” in Jesus.