The challenge of loving and losing

Joshua 1:1-2

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them”

The challenge of being human is that people will get under your skin. When you let someone into your heart, there is no way, when that person dies or leaves, that you can carry on as if nothing happened. If you loved them you will miss them. You will feel like a part of you has gone, and if that person was very precious to you, the feeling of loss will never entirely disappear.

When Moses died, it wasn’t just a beloved person that Joshua lost – someone who had believed in him, mentored him and poured himself into him – but Moses represented deliverance, direction, security and the voice of God, both to Joshua and to the entire nation.

What do you do when the thing you are trusting to lead you dies? It may not be a person, it may be your dream, which you have laid to rest because the thing that you believed would be your best life hasn’t come to pass. It is impossible to go through life without experiencing loss at some point.

But look what the Lord said to Joshua, “Get up because there is a Jordan to cross and a land to be inhabited flowing with milk and honey. I am giving it to you.”

The enemy’s trick is to try and keep you close to the place of the death of the person or thing that you loved. If you stay camped there when the season is over, the pain of loss will stop you from walking forward. The fact is that Moses may have died, BUT THE LORD IS STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE IN YOUR LIFE!

If you die with your challenge there is no future for you, so get up, pick up your stuff and get ready to move. Your marriage may have broken, but there is still someone in your future who will treat you like a king, or like a queen. You may have got fired, but there are better jobs out there waiting for you. Moses died and we don’t deny it, but we must get up and live some more.


Heavenly Father, thank you that you are alive and active in my life today. Thank you for being enough for me, especially in times of loss. Thank you that I am secure in You now and forever.

I make a decision not to camp in the place of loss and pain. Today I move forward. Today I believe again for good things in my future. Thank you, Lord!


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3 Comments on The challenge of loving and losing

  1. Such a powerful message. I love that point of how loss doesn’t always come in the form of a person, but sometimes a dream or a circumstance. Either way, as you said it’s so important that we don’t camp out in a state of loss for longer than our season. No matter how bad things may seem, love can be found after death. Thank you for reminding me of this message.

  2. In Jesus Name, Amen.

  3. Benjamin Okello // July 14, 2017 at 7:08 pm // Reply

    It has been amazing piece thank you pastor.

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