“And the Lord commissioned Joshua the son of Nun and said, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the people of Israel into the land that I swore to give them. I will be with you.” – Deuteronomy 31:23 ESV
Joshua is a great conqueror. Little he knew about it until such time that God said so. We are all like him. We are living our lives the way we wanted without a clear direction because we never had a clear instruction until we see that there is a God who can give us our divine appointment. We will live our lives chasing after pointless things because we do not know our purpose.
One good thing here is that God knows how we are wired because He is our creator. He addressed Joshua properly saying “the son of Nun” denoting how much God knows about Joshua – his identity, his passions, his strengths. The same goes for you. Joshua was called and chosen by God. Hand-picked to carry a task with a clear instruction. The big question is, “will you cooperate with God’s plan?”
He was called to be courageous for the task appointed to Joshua was larger than life. God gives his people a mission that is always too difficult so that they would learn how to depend on God all throughout the journey. God knew that discouragements would be inevitable specially in carrying the divine appointment that He gave us yet he gave the promise ‘I will be with you.’ How often do we listen to God’s instruction for His desire for our lives? Did we just simply give up on God-given dreams hard-wired with our God-given passions?
Living out God’s purpose is not an easy road. It’s normal to experience opposition but our response to it will matter. God wants Joshua to conquer the promise land and lead the Israelites. It is easy to give up whenever opposition comes but our desire to accomplish every God-given task. The happiest people on earth are not the rich ones; neither the powerful nor the influential ones but the one who has come alive by knowing His purpose through a God-given divine appointment. All men die, but only few men have ever lived. Our busy lives are filled with appointments with different people and a lot of disappointments from life but God’s divine appointment is simply attained by setting a “divine appointment” with God.
Are you living the divine appointment God has given you? How often do we seek God in our “divine appointments” with Him? Is there a time that you have really carefully thought about seeking His will in your life’s purpose?