Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Joshua 1:2
God here speaks in the immediate present. It is not something He is going to do, but something He does do, this moment. So faith ever speaks. So God ever gives. So He is meeting you today, in the present moment. This is the test of faith. So long as you are waiting for a thing, hoping for it, looking for it, you are not believing. It may be hope, it may be earnest desire, but it is not faith; for “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The command in regard to believing prayer is the present tense. “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Have we come to that moment? Have we met God in His everlasting NOW?
–Joshua, by Simpson (from Streams in the Desert)
If you are a child of God, Jesus is there, with you, right this very moment. He will help you. He IS helping you. Lean on Him. Talk to Him. Tell Him your heart’s cry. He is listening. He is a very present help in trouble, our refuge and strength. (Psalms 46:1)
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