God’s Got You

God’s Got You

August 27, 2013

“No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.” Joshua 1:5 (NLT)

Two-year-old Luke stood at the edge of the pool. Yellow floaties hugged his arms. A swim diaper padded his bathing suit. Sweet little goggles made him look like a frog.

I stood waist deep in water, my arms open wide. “Come on, buddy. You can do this.”

He edged closer and peered in, then backed away. After several steps back and forth, Luke finally sat on the edge and dipped his toes in the water. I slipped next to him, scooped him up and held him close.

Into the water we went. “I got you, buddy. I got you,” I whispered.

He could have fought me, but he trusted instead. Over the next two hours, Luke gained courage to go farther and farther. Any time he felt frightened, he whispered under his breath, “I got you, buddy. I got you.” It was his assurance that no matter how scary it felt, he was not alone.

Sometimes knowing we aren’t alone gives us the courage to press on. It’s what Joshua needed when he was thrust overnight into leadership after the death of Moses. Up until that time, Joshua had served as assistant. But in his new role, Joshua led the nation of Israel, conquering the land God had promised and leading three separate conquests.

While the Bible doesn’t detail all of Joshua’s emotions during this time, we read of numerous instances where God encouraged Joshua to be “strong and courageous.” God must have known Joshua needed some reassurance.

Perhaps Joshua had doubts. Perhaps his confidence waned. Maybe he even asked questions like, God, are You sure? Shouldn’t You choose someone more qualified?

God didn’t dismiss Joshua’s fears or shame him for having them. Instead He spoke clearly to Joshua, saying, “… I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you” (Joshua 1:5b).

I got you, buddy. I got you.

History shows that Joshua took steps of faith and served as a powerful, humble leader, trusting God through war, human frailty and victory.

Maybe God has been asking you to take a leap into deeper faith, or to serve beyond what you think you are capable. He’s asked you to lead. To love like Jesus.

Perhaps you’ve come close, but backed away. Maybe you even dipped your toes in, reasoning that was enough.

Questions linger. What does God see in me that I might not see yet? What if I fail? What if it’s too hard or no one is on board with me? What if I don’t recognize God’s help and miss my opportunity?

God is aware of your fears. And He whispers the same encouragement to you that He spoke to Joshua. He’s got you.

Not too long ago, I stood in the pool again. Luke wore his floaties. He had on his swim diaper. His cute goggles made him look like a little frog. I held open my arms, and my little guy jumped with glee into my arms.

And this time, I didn’t have to say it, because he knew it. It was ingrained on his heart.

I got you, buddy. I got you.

Dear Jesus, I’ve stood right on the edge, waiting for You to choose someone else, or naming all the reasons I’m not equipped. Today I hear Your voice and I take that step, for You are with me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Related Resources:
Do You Know Jesus?

Visit Suzie Eller’s blog for a printable that shares five ways God demonstrates His faithfulness as you take a leap of faith.

Get acquainted with God’s faithful character through the pages of the Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women with 366 devotions included.

Reflect and Respond:
Most large dreams or jobs are comprised of many smaller tasks. What is one small step you can take, beginning today?

Why are you afraid to try? Ask the Lord to release you from that fear and to trust Him.

Power Verses:
Joshua 1:9, “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (NLT)

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  1. Good morning, it’s 3:30 in the morning….can’t sleep, feeling lonely in our recently purchased California home. We moved to be closer to our son and family but I believe our daughter in law feels threatened with us living closer (50 minutes away.). Now feeling disconnected. It’s not easy at age 70 to move. I know God is with me and my husband but I pray that God reveals himself in a real way in our home. Today we fly to Austin Texas to help our other son move in. Tired from moving ourselves, we pray we are a blessing to out other son’s family.

    • After reading the devotion today, I noticed your comment. I will lift you up this morning as I pray, Linda.
      Many blessings,
      Jen from PA

      • Thank you , Jen. It is such a blessing to be a grandparent and bloom where we are planted. We look forward to being with them in Texas. Blessings to you today as well. Isn’t it amazing to watch God unfold His Presence?

    • Linda,

      I will also keep you in prayer. When we are following where we think God is leading it is scary sometimes. I am sure that once your daughter-in-law realizes that you did not move closer to take over their lives but just to be close enough to be there for family celebrations and if you are needed, then she will come to appreciate your move. I too am embarking on new things in my life at age 53 and there are many days I question and ask God are you sure you really want me to study to become a deacon and to head up a new ministry at my church? But reading this devotional reminds us all that God is there with us and He will carry us through every situation in life…even when we pick up and move closer to family and whatever new adventures God brings to each one of us.

      • Vicki. Your words touched me. Wise words to pass on to DIL as well. I am sending her an invitation to meet her for a birthday in a week for lunch and hope to convey those thoughts as well after 3 months of living close and not seeing her.
        She comes from a very dysfunctional family where her mom and dad lived separately in her own home for five years until they got divorced. You are sensitive and God will use that in your position as Deacon called by God. Thank you is not enough for you wisdom.

        • Linda,
          I feel God calling to you as well to bring healing into your daughter-in-law’s life. It sounds like she has not learned to trust and that is understandable with her upbringing. Pray for God’s wisdom when you speak to her and see her. God will guide you and if you allow yourself God will be able to bring healing through you. God bless you!

          • Vicki, as a new first time mother in law at their wedding, my friends said the same thing ten years ago. I really do feel “called” to this ministry of being a MIL to our two DIL’s. Nothing brings me more joy than to be a grandma, too. Our other DIL , now moving to Austin TX is a Rwandan refugee and loves and respects me so much….she loves anything/everything we do for them. God is Sovereign and will work things out to His Glory.

    • Linda:
      My son and daughter in-law live one street over and moved in several years after we did. Setting boundaries have been often pushed by them to the limit. I understand your struggles but know God has it in his hands. I so appreciate your honesty and am reminded why we need one another as Christ’s followers. Praying for you for peace and comfort.

    • You’ve received great advice from people who desire to be a blessing to their DIL’s life. I pray the same wisdom over you. It is hard when we are moved and are trying to find our place. Those are feelings that can’t be met by a person, not completely, so my prayer is that God fills you up right where you are. That you find those around you who hunger for a grandma or support and love (lots of single moms need and crave this type of support), and that you love your DIL right where she is and show her Christ’s love and acceptance and joy. Let her see Jesus in you. As you pray, ask God to fill the gaps that come from being raised in a home that is hurtful (I so understand this — read my story at http://www.tsuzanneeller.com My Story) and trust can be an issue, or trying to figure out how to let someone in can be part of the healing process. How you handle a conversation is so key. What if you just showed up at her birthday lunch with no other agenda but to love her and be kind, and open the door for more relationship to unfold? I hear your heart, and my prayer is that God says big today, “I got you, Linda. I got you!”

  2. Brenda Watts says:

    I am reading this today in awe of how God works. Our pastor just talked on the subject of Josua this past Sunday. I am 40 years old and going back to school. I have made several attempts over the years (toes in the water) and never finished. It’s scary to go back at my age, but I believe that it’s something God wants me to do. I wish I could see the big picture but I know He’s got me! I can really relate to Joshua. I am reminded that fear keeps us from starting and discouragement keeps us from finishing. Thank you for your sweet word today God. Thank you that you “got me”!!

    • Arlene Morgan says:

      Brenda, I went back to college in my 40s and graduated at 47. I never regretted that decision and have a deep satisfaction of accomplishing a difficult task. I was working full time and there were times of discouragement when I didn’t think I could finish. As I look back, God gave me needed strength and wisdom daily to do what I had to do each day. God is faithful to give us exactly what we need each day if we trust Him. Blessings on your new endeavor.

    • Brenda, went back to school and received my Master’s degree at 54. I am now a professor at a local university. I was scared to death and as I walked into my new classroom yesterday I was scared to death as well. But my God was faithful and He will walk with me into the classroom today and again tomorrow. As I read from the devotional here’s what I journaled. “God’s got me. He’s asking me to jump — into uncertainty, to trust Him and in His faithfulness to me. He wants to show me just how faithful He is. Will I let Him? Yes, I will. Each and every day until His faithfulness becomes my DNA. He’s not angry that I’m scared. He’s full of compassion for me. His still small voice whispers “I’ve got you sweetie, I’ve got you.” Jump in faith that I will catch you and not let you fall. He’s holding me next to His heart. He’ll never let me go. There is nothing that can separate me from His love —- NOTHING. He’s my umbilical cord. It’s never cut. I’m always connected to Him. I’m paper clipped and attached to His heart.” I pray this for you as well. Go forward with your education. If God is calling you to go back to school, He will see you through. Blessings!

    • My husband went back to school six years ago, and we had many people say, “Do you know how old you are?” Well, yes. . . we did! : ) And we also knew we would arrive at the expected age four years later. . . with or without a Masters’ and license so he could follow God’s path for him as a counselor. Run after this, girl! Do it! I pray that He unfolds His plan one step at a time as you step out in faith.

  3. I needed to hear this today. I went back to school at the early age of 50.. one of the hardest things I have ever done. But I excelled and knew it was meant to be. I worked for a year and a half and then left my job due to a Dr. I just couldnt deal with.. It was horrible. I have been without a job over 9 months and nothing.. I have been very discouraged wondering why God would let me go through school and do so well and finally find something that brings me joy and that i love.. and then not be albe to work. In the last couple of weeks, i am beginning to have some interviews.. more than one or two… And my confidence has been shaken a little. I am not sure what is happening or what will happen. But i made the choice that if God opened up a door, I was going to walk through it and see what happens.. I’m praying that something will work out from all this. I just want to work and do what I love and work in a good environment. thank you again for your message today.

    • Michelle…those open and closed doors are definitely God’s work. I found my perfect job at age 45 and I taught there for 16 years before I retired. Success comes from a series of failures. I think that in looking back, a job that I really wanted was only preparing me in its interview for the interview for the job I finally got. All in God’s timing. Lord, be with Michelle in her perseverance while you find the perfect job for her.

    • Go back! Don’t let one obstacle stop you from finishing that degree. It’s one of those “I got you” moments. It’s an obstacle in the road that makes us want to quit, but if God is asking you to go forward, run for it!

      • This morning I read my devo, and Luke was hanging around my neck saying, “Gaga, I’m here. I’m right here.” It may just be another devo, because that’s what I hear God speaking to my heart as I run after ministry, and sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s delightful, sometimes it’s painful. And yet I get to do it for God’s glory, reward in itself.

  4. Melodyou so says:

    Unbelievable….God is asking me to take that next little step as HE says to me “I gotcha buddy”. Thank you so much for taking that step for us today and sharing this VERY TIMELY life story from Luke’s life and from Joshua’s life. This, along with Stephen Curtis Chapman’s new song “I Will Trust You” and a good cup of java is helping me to take the next step.

  5. I really needed this encouragement today! Nothing especially trying is happening…just the normal, day-to-day challenges with a pre-teen and a 17-year old! Pray that God will continue to give me and my husband guidance as we lead and guide them to be Godly, responsible young people, especially in today’s world. We need all the prayers we can get…thank you!

  6. It’s a much needed reminder today that God has “got me”. I’m struggling right now in my marriage, I am pregnant with our second, I have an 18 month old, and work full time. I am exhausted and just need some help, but every time I try and approach it with my husband it ends in an argument. I am very weary, so if you think of today, please pray for me and that God will move on both our hearts to make a change. Praying for the rest of you!

    • Dear Sabrina, I know your time is precious in your young family. I hear your desperation and I pray that God grabs your husband’s heart and brings a sensitivity to him. You are at a most tiring stage of your life and working , to boot. Our boys are 16 months apart. I still remember how difficult it was. And now they are 40+ dads themselves. I would love a few of those days back when we walked into their rooms and they were sleeping in their cribs. Can Grandmas help? Don’t forget your mother in law! She might love to help out.

      • Linda,
        Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. All of our family lives quite far out of state, so unfortunately they aren’t able to help us out physically. My mother and father are helpful when they can be.. Unfortunately, my MIL is unfortunately very self-absorbed and constantly having a pity party for herself for her past situations. Her situation is always worse than yours and she thinks any problem you may have pales in comparison to what she has gone through or is going through. This has led to a strained relationship between my husband and her.
        I pray for her that she will find contentment in Christ, but she has stopped going to church, so it makes it difficult. I try to just pray for her.
        I wish my MIL wanted to help us the way that you are wanting to help your son and daughter-in-law. I will pray that God moves on her heart to see your true intentions and not feel threatened and that he will speak to you with the best way to communicate this to her. I’m sure she just needs a little time to adjust. Hang in there! Blessings to you and your family

    • Kim Sisco says:

      I will pray for you as well. It is very hard, marriage, being a mom, working FT outside the home and then coming home and working FT. I don’t have any words of advice – but I am praying for you and your husband today.

    • Come join 17,000 moms over at FB who get you, sis. I’m there, too, as it’s a group I founded for moms to have community and support and a place where we can all grow together. http://www.facebook.com/MomsTogether — Father, move in this marriage and home. This mama is tired. Bring her rest. Tangibly lead her to support, like MOPS, or Moms Together, or a small group in her church or neighborhood, but also bring rest in the form of spiritual rest in her relationship with the man she loves. Bring them together and show them ways to partner with this task of raising and shaping their children. In Jesus’ name, thank you that care about every need.

  7. Awesome!!! I definitely needed that encouragement. Thank you!!!

  8. Kim Sisco says:

    Thank you for this devotion today. It still amazes me at the “ah-ha” moments when for instance I opened up my e-mail and this was what it was about. We as adults are just as scared as the little guy learning to swim and we must remember God has us! I am faced with a job offer and that job offer would get me back home and also in the same week a job posting that would still get me back home, but haven’t been offered that position and I wonder if I turn down the offer I have will there really be an offer for the one I really want. I prayed from Canon City to Colorado Springs this morning asking God to show me, it is hard but I do know He is with me and will continue to be. Thank you again for this devotion.

  9. Crystal Hidalgo says:

    This devotion was helpful to me today. We are about to adopt 3 little boys from the foster system after raising 2 biological children who are now 19 and 21. On Friday we lost our little girl to her biological Uncle and his wife . She came to us at 4 days old and left at 10 months. My heart is broken as we were led to believe we would be able to adopt. Her biological family knewe about her the whole time and no one chose to step forward until she was 7 months. I am grieving for my sweet baby girl and yet I have 3 boys now who are 5, 3, and my older children to think about and who need me. I also attend school part time. So with the my little guys, school, and yearning for my sweet girl I feel so depleted. I know that God is in control and just knowing that He is saying to me trust me I got ya buddy is so helpful for my soul. Please be in prayer for me and my family .

    Crystal (Austin, Texas)

    • Crystal,
      I can’t imagine the heartache you are going through.. You are doing one of the most brave and selfless things you can by being a foster parent. To give all the love and care of a parent and possibly not be able to adopt them is such a sacrifice. Even though at this moment it is hard to see God in it all, He is in control and has a special plan for that sweet girl and the rest of your kids, I will be praying for you and your family!

    • Crystal,
      I am praying for you so hard. I can only imagine the pain you are going through. I also pray for that little girl as her life is in upheaval. Let me just say.. its not over till its over. I’m praying for a miracle that will allow this little girl back with you. Yours is a very special calling.. one not in the spot light but so important as you raise these kids to love our Lord. I have a 27 year old son and a 2 year old adopted son and are considering fostering at this point. I know the effort put forth by you on a daily basis and I applaud you for your sacrifice. I just encourage you to stay strong in prayer.. I will continue to pray for your family. Much Love. Lisa

    • Oh Crystal, Luke is adopted (my little grandson in the story today) so this Gaga’s heart goes out to you, and weeps with you. I pray over this little angel that you have loved, and I celebrate the start to life you have given her that will be embedded in her for the rest of her days. I pray that God wraps you close as you grieve this loss, and I pray that you hear Him weeping with you, but also celebrating such a sacrificial love that both gives and receives as you love these little ones who walk through the doors of your home. Father, pour out your Holy Spirit over this mama’s heart today in comfort and unexpected joy. Lead the little ones to her doors that need to feel and sense worth and value and love and stability. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  10. as I was reading , I was saying a prayer in my heart for each of you, life is so hard some time and we get caught up in our circumstance and forget to breathe and before you know it we feel exhausted and weary, my grandbaby sweet love melia was born last July with myomencigle spinabifda and what a journey it has been, very hard times, she is doing great God has so blessed us, she spends much time in childrens hospital uab, 3hrs from our home and it is hard for my son in law to work at all, has lost one job, she requires much care they both do such a great job, please pray for all of us as we are in hospital again with UTI because her bladder muscles are weak, must be cathed know…not sure how long of a stay, she is so precious and we will do whatever God’s ask of us, we love her so much and God has answered many prayers and he if faithful and has been in my life many times, sometimes in our humanness we get tried and feel like we are alone in our battles but we must always cry out to our creator and savoir and just say Yes Lord, and let the one who loved us first handle the details, May God bless each of you and so you favor and draw near to you, with much love !!

    • Father, I pray for this little one. Make your presence known in this hospital room. Comfort and strengthen every person who loves this baby. Fill them up with wisdom, with supernatural strength, as you guide the hands and minds of those who care for her. Heal this UTI. Strengthen these little muscles. Expedite her healing, joining with the treatment, in Jesus’ name, amen.

    • I cried when I had no shoes then met a man who had no feet. May Our Father grant comfort to this family.

  11. Sherry Brown says:

    I sent a text this morning with the bible verse for today and an invitation to attend the revival at our church with Ken Freeman. I intended to send the text to my sister but typed in the wrong number. I received a text back saying: ” I think you have the wrong number but God didn’t. This message really blessed my family. We really needed to hear it, came in perfect timing. Thank you!!” I proceeded to ask if they knew me and they said they didn’t. I sent them the address of our church and asked them to come to the revival. I received a text back saying they may come. My how God works……I don’t even know who this person is…..but God knew they needed a word from Him today. Thank you for your devotion today!!! God is sooo good!!! He commands us “to tell” and He will take care of the rest.

  12. This was really good Suzie. It gave me warm goosebumps. I needed this encouragement today. I love Proverbs 31 ministries. I try to read them daily. All the author’s have such inspirational things to say that can really get to the heart. I sometimes share these with my friends. Thank you soo much.

    • Sandy I was listening to a song this morning that says, “God’s glory is my reward”. This ordinary mom, grandma, wife and lover of Jesus is so privileged to connect with beautiful women of faith all over the world. We write these in our homes, at coffee shops, with our hair in ponytails and hidden under ball caps — just praying that God will take the “little” and make it big with His reach. Thanks so much for sharing this today. Thanks for reading, for showing up, and for sharing it with others. You are awesome!

  13. Its so amazing how things fall into place and how God works things for perfect timing. I just requested prayer and accountability via posting on facebook to my friends. I asked that they remember me in prayer and hold me accountable for diving into his word everyday. I fail to read His Word so often, and still expect him to talk to me and lead me where He wants me to go. I know that God is able to speak through means other than His word, but if im not willing to dive into the love letters He has written me, I can not fulfill his calling on my life and truly be happy. I am married, 2 yrs this passed May, with a beautiful 4 month old baby girl. I should be so happy, because I have an amazing life. But I find so often that I feel stuck and that Im not living the life I was meant to live. God wants to do something big in my life, and he wants me to find joy in all that I do, but I am missing it because I “cant find time to read His word”. I found this website from one of the responses I got from my request for prayer, and I read this devotion and it was so perfect for what I am struggling with. I am ready to Say Yes To God and Trust Him with EVERYTHING. It doesnt matter how wonderful your life is, if your not pursuing God daily, you have no chance of being Happy. God has a wonderful plan for our lives if we would just trust him and Jump in the water knowing that He’s got us.

    • Jump! I can’t wait to see what God has for you. It may not be big things, but a series of small miracles every day that show you who He is in the midst of being mom or living our ordinary lives. I love that about God. This morning I went to a local prayer room (cool idea, right!) and spent time there. EVERYTHING pulled at me in those first few moments, but when I settled in, I felt His presence and that means that EVERYTHING for the rest of the day flows out of that few precious moments with my Heavenly Father. Spiritual hunger is the exact opposite of natural hunger. The less we eat, the less we hunger for it. The more we “eat” the more we hunger for it. So excited that you are diving in!

  14. Thank you for this beautiful story of trusting God, I myself have been feeling that way lately like okay God what do I do? He says Trust Me, I have not forgotten you, I have heard your prayers. Learning to trust is something I guess that takes us some time to say Yes God you were right I should have done this or I should have waited ect. Two years ago we moved back to the states, now we live with my elderly mother in her home. I wish I could say yes everything is swell and I am walking around with rose colored glasses, that would be a lie. But I have to trust my Heavenly Father to know He has Plans for us, Plans of good and not of evil, Plans to give us a hope and a future. Many blessings to your ministry and thank you for all your encouraging posts.

    • I think that we find what it means to trust in those harder places.
      Being honest about it being hard is not a lack of faith, but trusting that God’s got you in the midst of it, now that’s incredible faith!

  15. Suzie, thank you! This message came just in time. I am heartbroken and lonely over the break up with my 2 years fiance. The more I read this article, the more I am strengthened and I am less lonely because it makes me realize that God got me :’)

  16. Sue Parks says:

    Thank you so much for today’s devotion. I have been going through quite a few things, and this has hit home today. These past couple weeks for some reason has hit me hard, but I’m still pressing on, right now its tiny steps. Your ministry is such a blessing!

  17. Brenda Watts says:

    Thank you so much for all the encouragement. It has completely blessed my heart :>

  18. Is it just me or does anyone else feel like Jesus will be back to get his people, SOONER than later? With what’s going on in Syria, I feel like shouting from the rooftops for people to get ready because it’s almost time! Has anyone listened to the radio show Prophesy Today? It’s all lining up so perfectly and we need to spread the word!!!!! I’m nervous but excited! Is there anyone out there who feels the way I do??

  19. Hi all, as this day comes to an end…2 hours earlier for me since we flew from CATo TX to help a son move to Austin. The day started out with no hope, through prayers and your encouragement, ladies, we were met by our other son with open arms. One miracle, a big one…as I prayed for a positive sign from the other son with the DIL problems. As we were just going to security, my phone rang. Bad timin…or was it? It was our CA son thanking me for well wishes to our granddaughter on her first day of third grade. I called to give her the message last night and he called this morning. He wants to talk with while us at our Twxan son’s place. This is a huge step as I think he is missing our family connection…largely because of his wife. I covet yor continued prayers this week. Thank you all ever so much. I have never posted, or needed to post , as much as today. good night and God Bless.

    • Linda, Tather than seeing it as a DIL problem or a problem because of his wife, my prayer is that it changes in your heart to a challenge to love this beautiful DIL like Jesus loves you. That’s something you can change! I hear it in you. You want your family to be whole, and as a MIL and gramma, I get that! Every word that comes from you about her should reflect His love. Let her see His love in action! Surprise her with your love. Surprise your heart with thoughts and hopes for this DIL to discover Jesus in a powerful way. Go, Linda, go! I know you can do this, with God’s help!

      • Sweet…so special. I wonder if I can print out these comments. Right now I am sitting on sofa with my other 8 year granddaughter having our first grandma granddaughter night in Austin TX…Daddy and PopPop are moving stuff from New Mexico and we are watching a Barbie movie together. Heaven… And Mom couldn’t wait to get the relief!

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