Has anyone ever had a scripture just jump out at you like never before? Right… how could I forget? I am probably talking to people who know how to dissect every passage of scripture. You know the Greek and Hebrew definitions. Even the hermeneutical or eschatological interpretations of a scripture when you read it. I am only kidding about the previous, but I had a particular passage jump out and slap me the other day.
What is the big verse, you may be asking? Well, here it is!
Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:8
Isn’t this powerful? Our God goes before us to the assignment He has for us. Wow! I almost shouted when I read this! Moses is giving these words to Joshua after he is declaring him the leader over Israel. Joshua’s assignment was to lead these people into the Promised Land.
I must ask. What is your assignment from heaven? We all, as followers of Christ, have the Acts 1:8 assignment, but what is your personal assignment? What is God calling YOU to do? Many times we receive our assignments and get so excited, yet we don’t do anything to compliment our assignments from God. We CANNOT, I repeat CANNOT, wait for God to throw every opportunity in our lap. We have to be willing to fight, push, pray, and FAST. No one’s assignment is easy, but it is achievable through God. The devil is out to get you off your course through fear, pain, temptations, and many more of his tactics (1st Peter 5:8). This is why we pray and fast. It is NOT meant for drudgery or “poor, pitiful me!” It is meant as an opportunity to align ourselves with the assignment God has us. Many have spent days, months, even years waiting on God! PLEASE, DO NOT BE ONE OF THOSE. Take these times of fasting and prayer as an opportunity to fulfill YOUR assignment!
Joshua did not just sit and wait on the Promised Land to come to him. He fought many fights- Jericho, Ai, the Gibeonites. I’m sure he had many headaches. Lost sleep. Wanted to sleep in instead of praying. I’m sure he got hungry. Rained on. Burned up from the heat. Bled a little. Sweated alot. Sore throats or an aching back! BUT, I’m sure if you could ask him, his response would be. “It was worth it!”
God is not calling us to do something impossible. Even though it may seem that way at times! Always remember…The Lord goes before you and He is with you! Stay strong! FINISH YOUR ASSIGNMENT!