Cows and Confidence

Two cows were grazing in a pasture when they saw a milk truck pass. On the side of the truck were the words “Pasteurized, homogenized, standardized, vitamin A added.” One cow sighed and said to the other, “Makes you feel sort of inadequate, doesn’t it?”
I’m sure that’s how Joshua must have felt when God called him to succeed Moses.

Moses …
• the man of God
• the man who withstood Pharaoh and brought Egypt to its knees
• the man who parted the Red Sea
• the man who brought manna from heaven
• the man who brought water from the rock
• the man who received the Law of God in stone
• the man who spoke with God face-to-face
• the man who saw the glory of God
• the man who led Israel through the wilderness for 40 years.

Moses, however, would not lead Israel into the Promised Land. This would be the responsibility of Joshua, Moses’ personal aid and close friend, who had accompanied Moses through the wilderness years.
What Joshua needed was a dose of God-inspired confidence. Confidence is simply a feeling of trust, reliance, faith, and certainty in someone or something. Not self-confidence but Christ-confidence. Joshua’s name was really a new name given to him by Moses. His original name was Hoshea (Numbers 13:8), meaning “salvation.” Joshua means “The Lord is salvation,” with emphasis on the Lord. Joshua was indeed the instrument God used, but the Lord himself was the source of victory.

Notice how often Scripture exhorts us to confident living:

Proverbs 3:26: “For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.”
• Jeremiah 17:5, 7: “This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord … But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.’ ”
• Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.”
• Hebrews 10:35: “Do not throw away your confidence.”
• Hebrews 13:6: “So we say with confidence …”
• 1 John 4:17: “We will have confidence on the day of judgment.”

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