I had the opportunity to preach last Sunday at Grace Fellowship. It came rather unexpectedly as my pastor asked me the day before if I could fill in for him. He was going to preach on sexual purity, and much to my kids’ relief I was able to select a different topic. I drew from a sermon that I had prepared awhile ago on facing uncertainties since I didn’t have much time to prepare.
I was a very relevant topic for my family and I as we have been facing various uncertainties in life with my career transition, Morgan’s journey with cancer and health concerns with my wife and youngest daughter.
I looked at Joshua 1:1-9, and I thought as Moses has died and Joshua is being called on to lead the Israelites into the promised land how much uncertainty they likely faced.
Here is the text of Joshua 1:1-9:
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you?Be strong and courageous.Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (ESV)
My primary points, when facing uncertainty we need to realize how God helps us walk through it.
We need to realize he has a purpose in the midst of our uncertainty (v. 1-2).
We can also rest in the promises of God, (v. 3-4).
We are not dealing with our uncertainties in our own power, but we can trust in God’s power to bring us through, (v. 5).
Most importantly we have God’s presence. We aren’t alone. (v. 6-9)
Here’s the video of the sermon below: