5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (Joshua 1:5)
Earlier at dawn today, whiles listening to one of Bishop T.D Jakes’ sermons on Destiny Steps, God showed me something I’ve been doing wrong for the past few months. So I created this blog in October, I didn’t post anything until December — this was because I kept wondering if this was really what God wanted me to do and comparing what I write to other bloggers. A part of me was very sure yet after the first six posts I started having second thoughts about it — if He was the sole inspiration behind this, why then am I getting zero, two, five, ten and twenty-three views for my post. I started considering deleting the blog or not posting at all. I kept comparing my blog to a few others and telling myself I was not doing something right or perhaps the Holy Spirit was not backing whatever I was writing…COMPARISON.
Now back to the scripture up there, Joshua 1:5; I believe God is speaking to Joshua who was a men-tee of Moses saying “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” This is quite intense; that’s because God did some amazing stuff through Moses trust me I wish I was Moses at the red sea — hearing everyone complain just to raise my staff and then part the red sea, cool right? Yet Joshua never smote any rock that brought water. Meaning what worked for Moses didn’t work for Joshua. I am not who inspired or trained me, else I’ll go and stand at the beach with a rod and try the same thing and say “Oh God you lied it didn’t work for me”. Meaning God is going to be with me just like He was with Moses but then I am NOT Moses. God is going to be with Me as He was with Moses, so I have to discover my own UNIQUENESS to accomplish my purpose. He will not do with me what He did with Sister A or Brother B.
Can you recognize God being with you to the same degree but then creating a new experience? A new story? God doesn’t do an on course, everything He does is a designers “Original”, in the sense that God and me can’t form the same coalition He and Moses formed(figuratively for other bloggers or anyone I compare myself to). I have to be willing to be “distinctively similar” He will be with me but then I have to be myself. His word says ” Behold I will do a new thing in you” (Isaiah 43:19) “for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4) So now what do I keep and what do I let go of? To keep the promise of His Presence and let go of what I have in mind, that’s because God didn’t promise to do whatever I have in mind. God’s Promise is not a duplicate — the only similar thing is “I will be with you as I was with Moses” meaning He will never leave you, His presence goes with you day in day out. He won’t remove His presence from me.
You know how people leave(remove presence, forsake – emotionally abandon) you because you’re no longer useful to them or perhaps they don’t feel safe loving you. God said whenever He is ready to get anything done or do a new thing in you, He will never leave nor forsake you meaning He will not emotionally abandon you because you disappointed Him. How many times do you love people who have wronged you? Naturally I tend to emotionally withdraw once I get hurt. I realized something that “We can’t cure anything we forsake” Perhaps you’ve withdrawn from people and things expecting things to get better it won’t get better once you forsake it. Yet God is saying “I will not leave you nor forsake you” knowing how flawed I am — meaning God is going to be my long term partner, simply My Ride or Die. Yet I am similar to Moses, I may not have everything He has but then I carry some of His features(The Presence Of God) The promise is centered on His Presence…
If God is that committed to a flawed person… Can you hold on to a flawed dream? A suffering Business? A broken marriage? An imperfect partner? Or at the smell of trouble do you forsake your dream because it is tough?
You’re not Moses, But God is going to be with you as He was with Moses. You are “Distinctively”(UNIQUE) “Similar” (ALIKE). You Have a Unique Story don’t compare it to the person sitting close to you.
Please read and meditate on Joshua 1. My next post later today will be a continuation of this, God’s presence doesn’t abort the process… The fact that God is going to be with you doesn’t mean you have to boycott the process.