15th April 2016
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” (Corrie Ten Boom)
Joshua must have had many worry-filled moments as he surveyed the rag-tag, ex-slave nation that God had told him to lead into possession of the Promised Land. Sitting in Egypt, the grass of the Promised Land certainly looked a whole lot greener, but the process of getting across to the other side of the fence carried plenty of opportunity to dull Joshua’s passion for change.
Change isn’t usually a popular word. It isn’t popular because, for most of us, change evokes a fear of the unknown. To over-come our fear-based preference for inertia, the vision of the Promised Land ahead has to be clear and compelling.
Joshua knew that God had spoken. He also knew from his own experience that God was with him and was infinitely capable of fulfilling his promises. Despite this, Joshua’s inheritance of the Promised Land still required a moment-by-moment engagement of faith, knowing that if God didn’t act on his behalf, then he was sunk! Imagine his internal conflict as he commanded the Levites to set foot into the raging waters of the river Jordan. Or imagine how vulnerable he felt as he instructed an army that expected battle orders, to walk in silence around the heavily fortified city of Jericho. His ‘common sense’ must have been screaming at him in those moments!
What feelings does our plan to launch a second Sunday morning meeting in September produce within you?
There is no doubt that there is a price to pay for this change. We have become used to enjoying a full building, the buzz of conversations, loads of chattering children, and roof-raising corporate worship. Our experience of church life will change at least in the short term.
Like Joshua we are called to inherit a promise, which will be glorious. And because our Promise-giver is the same good and faithful God who spoke to Joshua, we can have confidence and courage to embrace the process ahead. Take courage from the same words that God spoke to Joshua - “Now therefore arise…every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised.”
It is time for us to inherit some promises together here at CCBS.