“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9, NIV
This is God’s pep talk to Joshua before Joshua takes the Israelites into the Promised Land. And, what a pep talk it is. “The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” It’s all the words Joshua needed. It’s all the words I need. It’s all the words any of us need.
These twenty four words could not be a better summary how we should live as Christians.
Be Strong and Courageous
Be strong in the face of adversity. Keep the faith. It is a witness to others. I recently heard a radio sermon in which the preacher said it is un-Christian to worry. Worry means we are not putting our concerns in God’s hands. The Wellness Husband and I could’ve given this sermon. We have discussed this at length and choose to live a peaceful existence believing that God will provide and guide.
Do Not Be Afraid
My stepdaughter made a magnet in “God Squad” when she was little that says “Do not fear…God is near!” It is a paraphrase of Isaiah 41:10, but it could also be a paraphrase of Joshua 1:9. We have it on the refrigerator to this day. We should all repeat this simple little child’s rhyme every time the “grown-up world” scares us.
Do Not Be Discouraged
It is easy to get discouraged. Passed over for a promotion…again. Teenagers wearing out your patience. You are barely making ends meet and then the stove goes kaput.
Don’t be passive. Remember, God wants us to be strong. Analyze your work production. Is there a reason why you didn’t get the promotion? If you truly believe you are doing the best job you possibly can, maybe God doesn’t think the position is right for you. Pray for peace and clarity with your teen. God is with you. Don’t know where the money is going to come from for the stove? Reassess your spending habits and pray for financial guidance. God will provide.
For the Lord is With You Wherever You Go
I think this needs no explanation. Seriously. What more can I say?
With these comforting yet empowering words, Joshua was able to do the unthinkable. He was able to conquer the Promised Land for the people of God. He was outnumbered. He was fighting kingdoms that had walled fortifications. His untrained masses were up against experienced fighters. Yet Joshua and the Israelites had one thing going for them – God. And, that’s all they needed.
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