Many times people are burdened with great responsibilities. Joshua was placed into a tremendous position of great responsibility in succeeding Moses. Imagine what it would be like trying to fill the shoes of Moses, the meekest man upon the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3), who led the Hebrews from Egypt through the Red Sea and during 40 years in the wilderness.
God reassured Joshua in the beginning of his ministry that He would never leave him nor forsake him and that no man would be able to stand before him all the days of his life. As He was with Moses, so He would be with Joshua. However, under the pressure of responsibility, Joshua learned an invaluable lesson. As Joshua lifted up his eyes and looked, he saw a man ( Joshua 5:13). This man, Jesus Christ, stood with His sword drawn. The sword was drawn so that Joshua could be relieved of his responsibilities without being passive and careless.
Now, it was the Lord's desire for Joshua to take off his shoes and stand on holy ground, living by faith in the power of God's holiness. Our responsibilities become privileges in the Kingdom as we respond to the call to take off our earthly shoes and be stripped of our pressures and weights, accumulated by the attempt to protect the Lord's host by our assumption that we are the captain.
We have only one Captain, the Lord. He promises us a light burden and easy yoke; for He shall fight for us and we shall hold our peace. Praise the Lord, our responsibilities are His.