“I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Great Sea on the west.” (Joshua 1:3-4)
Sometimes God gives us impossible missions. That is, He gives us missions that would be impossible to complete on our own. God doesn’t scour to the earth to find the most capable people and give them the toughest jobs. Instead, he takes the people most ready to trust Him and He does the impossible through them.
To reassure Joshua — a man with the impossible mission of leading a single nation into a hostile territory to conquer and occupy it — God personally gave Joshua the promises He’d previously given to Moses and Israel. And when God gives a promise, it’s an absolute guarantee. All that’s left is to believe it and take the next step.
Your impossible mission as a Christian is to live on earth in the power of God — and to escape “the corruption of the world caused by evil desires.” How? Peter said we can accomplish this because God has also given us “his very great and precious promises.” With God’s personal guarantee of success, what can’t you accomplish for Him?
Think: Do you tend to think of promises as “maybe’s” or “definitely’s”? How often do people keep their promises to you? How often does God?
Pray: Ask God for the courage to take Him at His Word; ask Him to help you believe His promises this week.
Do: Make a short list of five of God’s promises to you in the Bible. (There are lots to choose from.)