Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 32-34
Today’s Reflection: Deuteronomy 34:9
And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Because of Moses sin before the assembly of Israel (Numbers 20:10-13) he was unable to lead them into the Promised Land. But God had a plan in place: Joshua was anointed and appointed to lead Israel after Moses. This was no last minute plan. Joshua was being prepared for this role throughout Israel’s wilderness journeys.
Joshua led Israel’s fighting forces under Moses instruction (Exodus 17). Joshua was later described as Moses assistant (Exodus 24:13) and shared in many of Moses’ greatest moments of service: waiting on Mount Sinai for Moses to return with the 10 Commandments (Exodus 32:17), accompanying Moses to the tabernacle (Exodus 33:11), selecting elders to serve before the Lord (Numbers 11:28), spying out the Promised Land (Numbers 13:16), and finally being anointed to lead Israel after Moses with laying on of hands (Numbers 27:18-23). Through these experiences Joshua got to witness Moses relationship with God and leadership first hand.
Moses had a unique friendship with God, knowing Him face to face (Deuteronomy 34:10), but he didn’t keep what he learned through this amazing experience to himself. Moses shared it with Joshua. And this preparation worked: Israel followed the direction and instruction of Joshua just as they once had followed Moses. What Moses passed on to Joshua helped to ensure the future success and victory of Israel.
We all have experiences with God that others can benefit from—children and young people, friends, new believers, non-believers. Let’s all consider what God has given to each of us that we can use. What experiences can we share that will be of help to others? What are you leaving behind? What is your legacy going to be?