Like Caleb and Joshua, we are under the Lord’s jurisdiction. So, let us not hold back from going forward. A person who looks back is not fit for the kingdom, for his ways are unsure and his focus is not on Jesus. Whereas, our ways need to be God’s one way of being focused on Jesus of Nazareth, the author, and perfecter of our faith.
When we fail to surrender ourselves to the love of God, then fear can overwhelm us. It can become a stumbling block to our faith, and restrict us from fully trusting God. If left on our own terms we would die, as the generation of Israelites did who refused to trust God. Their rebellion can teach us a valuable lesson of not repeating the sins of the past.
When God provides His leadership, He gives us tangible shepherds to lead His way. Our response, as the sheep of His pasture, is to trust His leading, for He always fulfills what He has spoken. Joshua and Caleb were His chosen shepherds, who called His people to move forward into the land flowing with milk and honey.
When God removes the protection of our enemies, He is leading the way. As we receive His love and abandon our fear, His rod and His staff comfort us, knowing that no one will harm us. Our role is simply to fully surrender to Him so that He can be our full Provider and Protector.
As we learn to more fully trust God, our attitude can change, from being one of self-protection to one of being fully embraced by Him.
Have you ever seen a loving, and faithful father, holding his child? In the father’s arms, the child is safe and secure while able to his receive love. Our Heavenly Father wants to be known by us as the faithful One who desires to love and care for each one of His children. He is a good Father to those who know Him, and who choose to follow Him wherever He is leading.
As you lead us forward, help us to respond appropriately. As your children, we have things to lay down, so that you can pick us up. We have fears to be removed by your perfect love. We have doubts to be answered only by you. We have anxiety that needs your calming, soothing voice. We also have hurts that have been too difficult, and too painful to touch.
We need your help so that we can know that you are trustworthy. Reassure us that you are with us, you won’t abandon us, and you will speak healing to our wounds, by those who have abused us. We are fragile, but by your tender, loving, care we can be made whole. We realize that even if when don’t have anyone, we do have You, and You are enough.
Thank you for listening to our prayers, and calling each one of us by our names. For we are your children, and you are our Father in Heaven. Amen.