I had a coach that pulled me aside at my freshman football practice and took it upon himself to pour into my life so that I could sooner, rather than later, play for the Los Fresnos varsity football team. He pointed out challenges I faced, worked with me through my shortcomings, and gave me inspiration when I needed it. You can imagine the heartbreak I felt when I got the news that he was leaving for a new school.
The people of Israel faced a similar change in leadership. Moses had led the people through many highs and lows and was now set to retire and not enter the Promised Land. Joshua was set to be his successor, with unknowns looming in all directions—unknowns for the nation, but certainly for Joshua as well. The people were grumbling and questioning, “Why would God do all that He has done just to have a new leader take over?” This behavior was typical for Israel, who had a hard time trusting God with the unknowns of their journey.
I do not know the “unknowns” you face this season, but the hope for us is the same as it was for Israel. God has not left you nor forgotten about you. He gives encouragement to Israel and to Joshua to be strong in their faith and courageous in the journey, which God reminds His people frequently. I know I need to be reminded frequently. My hope is that this reminder will help you be able to trust God in the unknown as well.