Moses was now 120 years old, and God had prepared the Israelites with 40 years in the wilderness to go in and conquer the promise land. Their trusty leader, however, was to stay back and not cross the Jordan because of His past unfaithfulness. The people of Israel had never been lead by anyone else. Before Moses they were slaves in Egypt. So, to be expected, they were nervous, anxious, and afraid, but God told them it was time to trust in Him alone.
“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid of them! The LORD your God will go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6.
God puts leaders in our lives to guide us, encourage us, strenthen us, and prepare us for the future. But even with leaders He still expects us to be able to trust in Him alone. At some point in our life He is going to open a door and tell us to walk through without the leader we were accustomed to. He wants us to trust that He will go before us through that door and lead us on the other side. When God opens the door He expects us to act immediately, never flinching in our trust, and remembering to be strong and courageous because He will never leave us nor forsake us. We must take that first step which will feel like a leap of Faith because that is what it really is…Faith that God is with us.
“He opens doors, and no one can shut them; he shuts doors, and no one can open them.” Revelation 3:7d.
So, be strong and courageous, keep your eyes on the cross, and follow obediently the pathway He leads you on. God will only open the door for a time and if you don’t walk on through with Trust, He may close it, never to open it again.