God is doing things bigger than us.
It is so easy for us to fall into the trap of thinking that because we cannot see what God is doing or make sense of what He is doing, then it must not make sense. We despair because what we accomplish with our lives almost always feels like less than it should be and our dreams never seem to be fully realized.
As we finish the Five-Fold book of Moses, coming to the end of his life, we still find the Israelites outside the Promised Land preparing to enter. But Joshua, not Moses, will lead them in. God, in his mercy to Moses, assures Him that He will yet do what He promised, even though Moses would not live to see it. (34:4)
Joshua picks up where Deuteronomy leaves off with the same promise to Moses’ successor. Joshua 1 should ring in your ears not with originality, but sameness. The individuals change, but the promise and the God who empowers them and goes with them does not. This is not to say that you and I and Moses and Joshua are not important to God. That He includes us in His work and calls us as His children through the incarnation and cross of Christ prevent us from such a conclusion. Yet, we are but one of billions and billions who God will use to accomplish His will and His promises.
We should never be overwhelmed by the task in front of us, nor discouraged by our inability to realize it in our lives. God is always doing more than we can accomplish in our lifetime even with His strength.
One of my favorite historical quotes reminds us of this reality. It was found on the desk of Robert E. Lee after his death. He wrote:
My experience of men has neither disposed me to think worse of them, or indisposed me to serve them; nor in spite of failures, which I lament, of errors which I now see and acknowledge; or of the present aspect of affairs; do I despair of the future. The truth is this: The march of Providence is so slow, and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.
Are you ready to see your dreams left for someone else to realize? Are you willing to serve God even if the harvest from the seeds you are planting is reaped by someone else? If you are dreaming and working for your own glory, the answer will be no. If you are dreaming and working for God’s glory, the answer will be yes.