The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. — Psalm 121:7
Deer hunting in the snow gives hunters a unique advantage. Tracking movement becomes easier. Are the deer hunkering down under heavy tree cover? Are they on the move, looking for food? Is the herd gathered together, or are individuals venturing out alone?
God’s servant Joshua likely knew how to track: a resourceful man, he served early in his life as one of the spies Moses sent into the promised land in preparation for conquest.
Imagine Joshua at the end of his life, retracting his own footsteps. The path along which the Lord had taken him was beyond extraordinary. Joshua had wandered in the wilderness with God’s people. He had crossed the Jordan River into the promised land. He led the successful early years of Canaan’s conquest.
Retracting these steps would have confirmed the promise that God had given Joshua so many years before:
Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses — Joshua 1:3
A gigantic promise indeed! Yet,though Joshua’s steps were many and winding, God made good on this promise.
The Lord has made an equally bold promise to you. He has promised continually to renew the strength of his people –your strength. He has promised that as you walk with him, you will have the stamina you need to keep on going.
Retrace your footsteps through life to this point. What do you see? Have those steps taken you up peaks and down into valleys? Have you walked through times of great joy and tremendous struggle? If you are reading these words right now, God has been strengthening you day-by-day; even through times of terrible hardship, you have had strength enough to continue.
Your Lord always keeps his promises to you, especially his promise to forgive your sins in the cross of his Son, Jesus. When Christ’s body lay in the tomb, it looked as though God’s promise of salvation had failed. Yet, three days later, our risen Lord walked out of that tomb, forever victorious.
Now, he shares that victory with you! Walk in it confidently today, step-by-step.
From the book Man of God walking by faith.