As the book of Joshua opens an interesting thing takes place. Following the death of Moses God comes to Joshua and says “My servant Moses is dead. Now, therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people to the land which I give to them, to the sons of Israel” There is no pause there is no down time from Moses’ death to the transition of leadership God gives Joshua a command straight away. In essence God is telling Joshua to move on.
I am doing a course on Joshua right now and this passage hit home. When I arrived at this church I had very little time before our pastor left. I had made it up in my mind that I was not going to press certain things because without a pastor I wasn’t capable or not responsible to put those plans in motion. But God tells us just the opposite. There is no time to pine over the loss of a leader nor is there time to sit back and wait for another person to come and take over. There is no wait for the people to get to know you period either. God wants His people to be moving forward and He expects us to be following His direction. There is no time when being idle is acceptable.
What excuses do you make to avoid doing God’s work? What obstacles are you imagining?