It's a New Day | Joshua 1:1-2 | Devotional
Joshua 1:1-2 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' aide: "Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them-- to the Israelites.
Today’s passage was the Scripture I used for my first sermon as Senior Pastor of The Bible Chapel almost 18 years ago. The previous Senior Pastor, a tremendous preacher and leader, was called to another church. It was a hard transition, but we had to move on.
Many things that happened in my past are tremendous blessings. I remain thankful, but past blessings become stale if they are not renewed. Some things that happened in my past I’d like to forget, but I cannot be weighed down by pardoned sins of the past. God’s statement, “Moses my servant is dead,” is a reminder that yesterday is over. It’s time to move forward into the promises of the future.
I don’t know what memories or emotions of your past continually make their way into your present. But I do know this—the past is over and cannot be changed—Moses is dead. Today is a new day. It’s time to get ready to cross the Jordan River. Whatever happened in our past, the future is always as bright as the promises of God!
Lord, thank you for our past—its joys and challenges. But help us not to live there. Today your Word has exhorted us to get ready for the future. By your grace and strength, help us to get ready to cross into your prepared tomorrow. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.