Encourage One Another
God did not allow Moses to lead Israel into the promised land. That task was given to Joshua whose name means “saviour.”
Moses typified the law which cannot bring sinners into the promised land of salvation. Joshua typified Christ our Savior who kept the law for us and died for our sins. He alone brings us into the promised land of eternal salvation and glory.
Notice what God told Moses to do, “But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see” (Deuteronomy 3:28).
Moses could have been resentful and critical of Joshua who was the one appointed to lead the people to their final destination, but he was not. He encouraged and strengthened Joshua for the task at hand. This is a good lesson for us. We should realize that God’s way is always better than our way. And whenever there is a task to be done by anyone, no matter how great or how menial, let’s be the ones who encourage and strengthen them instead of the critics and malcontents who talk among themselves because things are not being done their way.
Not all tasks are as vital and important as Joshua’s was. But all tasks done for the glory of God and the good of His people are important. Let’s be an encouragement to each other in all things that are to be done for this purpose, and if you have anything negative to say, keep it to yourself. Don’t let it spread like an infection to others. Remember, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Proverbs 25:11).