“As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5b
Just like Joshua, God asks us to do impossible things for Him in order for Him to be glorified and made known. The greatest thing that stands out to me in the first chapter of Joshua is when God says, “I will give you every place you set your foot as I promised Moses.” That’s an amazing promise, considering the giants and warriors who dwelled in that land; yet God is God, and He alone could keep His promise.
The Israelites went on a conquering journey before they could occupy the land God gave them. During this time they witnessed many amazing things: the Jordan River parts before them, the walls of Jericho fall down by just walking around them and shouting, God rained hailstones on their enemies, and the sun stood still. The people of the land heard of these things, and their hearts melted in fear of God.
God tells Joshua the truth of His character before he enters the land He promises them. Why? Because the battles are going to seem impossible, yet they didn’t have to fight them on their own.
For us, the support-raising journey is part of the battle. Anytime we step out in faith, Satan is waiting to take us down. However, we have the same promise God gave both Moses and Joshua. If I could write the book of my family’s life, I could write down all the impossible things that happened to us while following after God—we received a free house to stay in and have been given free cars by just praying for them (not to mention the free meals and furniture). We have seen hearts changed and even have watched people join God’s mission that we never thought were possible. All these things happened while we were on the support-raising journey, before we settled into our ministry.
The biggest temptation on the support-raising journey is to take it for granted. But it has a purpose. Watch as God does impossible things. Even when things don’t make sense, He is still working. His purpose is always for others to see His amazing acts and worship Him. We need to allow our testimonies shine and allow others to hear of God’s good deeds, even on a journey to our “ministries.”
When you become discouraged amidst the hard work of raising support, know that you are right where God has you to make the biggest impact for Him.
Thank You for never leaving me nor forsaking me. When this journey seems impossible, may I see You at work to do the impossible for me. May I not get discouraged and keep following hard after you in the middle of the battle. Amen.