God provides everything He requires from us. When Moses died, Joshua was used by God to fulfill His promise to the people of Israel (Dt. 18:15). God fulfills every promise He makes and like Israel many of us quickly forget what He has already done. Somehow during trails we begin to distrust His involvement in our lives. God required Joshua to lead the people of Israel and enabled him with certain gifts. The gifts helped to confirm to the people of Israel that God was still with them. It is by God’s Sovereign Authority (Ps. 135:6) that Joshua was able to overcome all the difficulties facing him and the people of Israel. Joshua consistently put the people in remembrance of God’s Will in order to foster obedience and assure them of victory.
Joshua was a warrior who was blessed by God with a desire to serve Him, this is the way I see myself. Had God not decided to bless me with a new nature I would have no desire to serve Him. Had God not provided me with gifts I would have no ability to serve Him or lead others by example. Examples like having absolute confidence in God to do His perfect Will in every situation. I read a textbook once called Courageous Faith and I was reminded of the strength Joshua had. Joshua had absolute trust in God. This confidence led to Joshua telling Israel to choose who they will serve, gods or God.
Like Joshua I have great confidence in God and have a great passion for Him. Yet, I have to say I am not a good enough example to others. I sin daily if not in deed, in word, or thought! I will never be satisfied because thankfully God convicts me! I do not manage finances like I should, I need to pray more, I need to mortify my flesh more, and I need to evangelize my community more. Spiritually, I am absolutely winning but not by my own strength. Christ finished that work at the cross. Victory did not come because of a change I was smart enough to make. God caused me to change my desire for Him (John 6:44). If I used a scoreboard analogy, the leading score belongs to God and me zero. He wins every time He chooses to save somebody (Matt. 11:27: Eph. 1:4; Duet. 7:6-7)! I have total assurance of victory through Christ Alone!