“Moses, my servant is dead!” This is how God began Joshua’s commission as the next leader of Israel. Moses is arguably the greatest leader of all time. His reputation among Israel was impeccable. Surely, Joshua was intimidated to fill his shoes. So God encouraged His new young leader with a reminder. “The old season of Moses has past, a new season has begun. You have mourned the loss of your mentor, your friend, your leader but now it’s time to move forward. Now it’s time to walk in a new season.”
We, like Joshua, sometimes need to be reminded that one season has past but a new one has begun. Our lives are full of changes and seasons. People die, divorce happens, children are born, children grow up, leaders come and go, jobs end, our ministries change. But if we keep looking back, idolizing our past, we can’t embrace the glorious future God has for us.
One of the most profound prophetic words God has ever spoken to me came from a song by Billy Joel (yes, it’s a secular song but God can speak through anyone) “The good ole days weren’t always good and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.”
So if you have been mourning the passing of a season (I have), God has this word for you:
1. That season is dead. Stop trying to resurrect it.
2. Embrace the new commission on your life.
3. I’m giving you new ground, new territory. Every place your foot tread is yours.
4. As I was with you in that former season, I am with you now. I will never leave or forsake you regardless of what season you are in.
5. Be strong and courageous because you have a job to do.
6. Stay in the word. Heed my voice.
7. Refuse discouragement. Encourage yourself in the word, with worship, and the community of believers.
We have a glorious future in God. This will be our greatest season to date. In the words of the prophetic song by Israel Houghton, remember “It’s a new season. It’s a new day. Fresh anointing is flowing your way. It’s a season of power and prosperity. It’s a new season coming to you.” Embrace this new season.
““Moses my servant is dead. Get ready! Cross the Jordan River! Lead these people into the land which I am ready to hand over to them. I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the LORD your God, am with you in all you do.””
Joshua 1:2, 9 NET