Day 3

I Will Not Leave You or Abandon You

from the Promises of God reading plan

Joshua 1:1-9, Joshua 3:1-17, Psalm 73:21-28, Hebrews 13:1-6

BY She Reads Truth

What must it have been like to receive instructions directly from the mouth of the Lord? “Now you and all the people prepare to cross over the Jordan to the land I am giving the Israelites,” God told Joshua (Joshua 1:2). Moses had died, and now it was Joshua’s turn to lead—not because Joshua said so, but because God had said so.

Scripture does not describe Joshua’s emotional reaction to God’s directive, but we can infer from what God said next that Joshua was less than confident about the enormous task ahead of him: “I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or abandon you” (Joshua 1:5). Put yourself in Joshua’s place, the weight of a nation’s survival on your shoulders and impossible battles before you. Let God’s promise sink in.

God was indeed with Joshua. In the chapters that follow, we see Joshua successfully lead the Israelite people across the Jordan accompanied by none other than the tangible presence of God with the ark of the covenant. And we see God fight for Israel as they take possession of the promised land under Joshua’s command. Everyone who followed Joshua benefited from God’s presence.

But Joshua’s life and mission point to someone greater: Jesus Christ. And just as God’s promise to Joshua was for the benefit of all those who followed and obeyed Joshua, the promise is extended today to all those who follow and obey Jesus. The Lord’s presence is with us, wherever Christ leads. We can, therefore, rejoice in the freedom from fear that is ours in Christ. “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6).

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151 thoughts on "I Will Not Leave You or Abandon You"

  1. Emily Pellegrini says:

    I pray for an obedient and courageous heart like Joshua had. I pray for the faith to hold on to the promise of God’s always-near presence. The Lord is with me, I have no need to fear.

  2. Jeanna Vance says:

    Surrendering my life to him afresh today.

  3. Sarah Bradley says:


  4. Angelica Baldwin says:

    Psalms 73:21-28 did itnfor me. What a strongnand powerful, comforting reminder that all we need is God!!! Be blessed yall

  5. Ashley Cesare says:

    Sometimes, I get so caught up in my own mind. The “what ifs” sink in. The weight of sin holds heavy in my heart. Today’s reading was a beautiful reminder that God sees me, he hears me, and walks beside me everyday. I may feel alone, but I am not. God is always with me (and always has been.) What an amazing Father we serve!

  6. Julie Hurst says:

    Thank you God, for your promises! The world will always disappoint us, but you will never leave us!

  7. Gabi Moss says:

    Even when things feel impossible, God is always right there, His timing is perfect and He will never abandon us

  8. Tatiana Petersen says:

    What can man me. God will never leave me or abandon me. Feel like I really needed to hear this when second guessing myself

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