A Thought for Today: “Next Man Up”
Have you ever heard this phrase?
It is used by sports teams when they suffer the loss of a player due to injury or whatever might be the case.
It simply means, when a player goes down, another comes in to take his place.
In addition, the hope is that as the new player takes the place of the injured one and the team will continue to function well.
Please read the following verses
1 Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan,
2 all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea,
3 the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar.
4 Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”
5 And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said.
6 He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day, no one knows where his grave is.
7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.
8 The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.
9 Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses.
10 Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,
11 who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land.
12 For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
In a way, the Lord God uses the next man up idea.
In what you just read, Moses dies.
What will Israel do now?
Well the Lord God has prepared a person to take Moses’ place, Joshua.
As you probably know, Billy Graham died recently.
I am not sure who will take His place, but the Lord God knows.
As believers, we should be at the ready, worshiping and learning about the Lord God.
If He should choose you to be the next man or woman, be ready, willing and available.
The Lord God will take care of the rest! Amen