Good morning, Purple Whisperers. Today I am pleased to present guest blogger, author Darlene Franklin.
Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin lives in cowboy country—Oklahoma. Oklahoma has the benefit of being the home to her son, his wife, and their four beautiful children. Darlene loves music, needlework, reading and reality tv. She currently resides in a nursing home, which has become a place of blessing. Darlene is the author of twenty-five novels and novellas. She has also written around 250 devotionals and personal experience pieces for various publications, including her soon-to-release book, It Is Well with my Soul. For links to her books and other writing, check out the second page of the blog
by Darlene Franklin ©2013
“Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors.” (Joshua 1:6, MSG)
All too often, when God leads us in a new direction, we’re terrified.
That happened to Joshua. Moses was a larger-than-life hero. Even as an old man, Moses was an imposing figure. Joshua exclaimed about his clear eyes and a spring in his step. Spiritually, no one knew God the way Moses did.
Joshua didn’t feel qualified to follow in Moses’s shoes. God, however, had been preparing Moses’ successor for years. Already an adult when the Children of Israel left Egypt, Joshua had gone partway up Mount Sinai when God gave Moses the law. Later, Joshua and Caleb were the only ones of the twelve spies Moses sent ahead who were ready to enter the land God had promised them.
Joshua quaked at God’s calling. Twice, God admonished him, “Strength! Courage!” The people of Israel demanded the same thing, when they agreed to follow him.
Joshua felt anything but strong and courageous. He didn’t want to fill Moses’ shoes. Harry Truman probably felt the same way when he took over from FDR in the closing months of World War II.
Called to lead, doubting his ability, Joshua needed something from God. And God delivered. The second chapter of Joshua describes the crossing of the Jordan River on dry ground. Before Joshua took a bold step that couldn’t be undone, God promised three things:
- · I won’t give up on you.
- · I won’t leave you.
- · You are going to lead this people to inherit the land.
God trusted Joshua to finish the job. The job of leading God’s people belonged to him, whether he wanted it or not.
I love those three promises. Staring down sixty at my next birthday, I wonder if my greatest accomplishments are in the past. I need to hear that God trusts me to finish the jobs He still has for me. Including four books that I am committed to finish.
God won’t give up on me. If He gives me something to do, He’ll make it possible for me to do it. He won’t get up and leave midway through the process. He’ll be with me to death and beyond. Whether I want to write or not, for now it is God’s call for me. I can’t escape Him or my calling.
So, strength! Courage! God’s promises are enough to get started. Whatever call God has made on your life—He makes those same three promises to you.
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Thank you, Darlene. I’ve always loved the story of Joshua. As with Moses, who also felt inadequate to God’s calling, our Father always provides the tools we need to fulfill His purpose in our lives.