Prepare Your Provisions for 2024

  • Pete Johnson
Desktop files one for 2023 and the cursor clicking on 2024

Depending on when you read this or where you live, we have now been living in the year 2024 for approximately ten days. A new year! This new year will bring with it, as it already has for some, new opportunities, and obstacles. There will be challenges, anxious moments, and even giants where you are headed in 2024. You may even be called upon, unexpectantly, to do something for the Lord, like teach Sunday School, help in the nursery, be an usher, or help with Communion.

In the book of Joshua, the very first words from the LORD to Joshua was

Moses my servant is dead.” (Joshua 1:2) WOW! In other words, “Joshua, this is a new era, a new time, your day to lead these people is now”.                                                                                     

So, Joshua, Moses’ assistant, will now graduate and move on to the next level. This happened without any fanfare or celebration. However, the LORD gave Joshua a promise. The LORD promised Joshua that HE would be with him, just as He had been with Moses.

“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.”  (Joshua 1:5-6)

But, for Joshua to be successful, to be able to face all the new challenges that would come his way, he could not rely on his abilities, his knowledge, or the “way it used to be”, he had to trust and obey the LORD. Joshua was commanded to find his strength and his confidence in the “Book of the Law”, wholly depending on the LORD and His Word.

“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7

After receiving the news about Moses, and accepting the role in which he found himself, Joshua encouraged the people he was now to lead with these words.

“And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, ‘Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people. ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.’” (Joshua 1:10-11)

Believe it or not, this was all planned out by God!

This new year that you are in, has also been planned by God. Crossing over into a new year, a new era, there will be multiple challenges, discouragement, fear of the unknown, frustration, and yes even failures that await you. The devil himself, Peter warns, is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, he’ll be looking for you.

So, with that information in hand, don’t rely on your strength, your courage, or the way things used to be. In this new year that you are going to possess remember, God is in control, so “Prepare your provisions”, your journey is at hand!  Stay grounded in God’s Word, read it daily, meditate on it, and pray daily; that is where you will experience good success.