And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”
So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”
Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so. Joshua 5:13-15
For forty years he led Israel as their military leader under Moses. Now Moses is gone and it’s time to cross the Jordan River into a new land they must fight to get.
He has trained for forty years for this time but those he depending on so much for spiritual guidance are gone.
God reveals Himself to Joshua, just as He did to his predecessor Moses so many years ago, although not through a burning bush.
This time the Commander of the army of the Lord visits the military leader of Israel.
The commonality of the two lies in the standing on holy ground.
Joshua is more than equipped for the task. He has the skill and ability to move forward.
Sometimes you venture into new territory as a Christian willing to minister in any capacity.
It doesn’t matter if you’re starting your own business, a new job, buying a home, getting married, or retiring – as a Christian you want God blessing and guidance.
You are more than equipped for the task. You have the skills and abilities to move forward.
Those redirections in life are often an intimidating thought but God reassures you with the strength of His presence. You stand on that holy ground and realize you got there by faith.
The next step you take is also a step of faith but now you go with the assurance that He’s got your back!