And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, the days approach when you must die. Call Joshua and present yourselves in the tent of meeting, that I may commission him.” And Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves in the tent of meeting. And the Lord appeared in the tent in a pillar of cloud. And the pillar of cloud stood over the entrance of the tent.
And the Lord commissioned Joshua the son of Nun and said, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the people of Israel into the land that I swore to give them. I will be with you.” Deuteronomy 31:14-15, 23 ESV
Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:23-26 ESV
Cindy was really afraid to go to school. She was shy, and her family had just moved to a new city. She didn’t know any of the other kids. Her mother walked to school with her the first day, and that helped her feel better. However, when they got to the classroom, her mother told her that she couldn’t follow Cindy into the classroom. Cindy would have to learn to trust her teacher to take care of her. Her mother had to pass Cindy’s care to someone else. It was hard for Cindy to watch her mother leave and to learn to trust a new person. It was also hard for her mother. She loved Cindy and knew Cindy trusted her. She knew it might be difficult for Cindy to adjust to a new teacher.
The people of Israel probably felt the same way. They had followed and trusted Moses for 40 years, and had heard God speak to them through him. They had sometimes become angry with Moses and disobeyed him, but they knew he was their leader and that he spoke for God. But soon the time would come for Moses to die. He couldn’t stay with them forever, and his assistant Joshua would be the one to lead them into the promised land. God called Joshua and spoke to him, promising to be with him in the challenging times ahead. He promised he would work through Joshua as he had worked through Moses. The people would have to learn to trust and follow a new leader. When God commissioned Joshua, it gave encouragement to Joshua, Moses, and the people of Israel that God was still with them and would help them.
God gives us different people, such as parents and teachers, to teach us and take care of us. But one thing never changes. God is always with us, no matter what. If we have to go through a difficult change, we can be sure that God stays the same. He sent Jesus to die for us and to make us his people, and he promises to stay with us and love us forever. Jesus is the one we can always trust, and he will never stop being our leader and our friend.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending our Savior Jesus to lead us and help us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.