“As I was with Moses, so shall I be with you.”
People often lament the passing or retirement of elderly church leaders with the question, “Who will fill their shoes?” At the beginning of the book of Joshua, God make a promise that proved this question to be misguided.
“As I was with Moses.” God took Moses from his flocks in the desert to the throne room of Egypt. Moses stuttered yet God so blessed his farewell speech to the Israelites, we still have it available to us — the book of Deuteronomy.
“So will I be with you.” God did not command Joshua to lead the people as Moses had. They no longer needed a shepherd. They needed someone to lead them into battle.
God did not even promise the same miracles to Joshua. There was no king to convince any longer — only kings to defeat.
The promise was not to continue Moses’ life through Joshua. He was supposed to be different than Moses. God is the one who remained the same.