Scripture Reading: Joshua 1:1-9
“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I shall be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers.” (Joshua 1:5,6)
I’ve always been impressed with Joshua. He took over the leadership of God’s people from Moses. Moses led the people out of Israel and through the wilderness for over 40 years. But Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land (Numbers 27:13,14). God appointed Joshua to be Moses’ successor (Numbers 27:18).
Can you imagine how Joshua must have felt when he took over? He was to fill the shoes of Moses! And he was to lead God’s people into the conquest of the land! I am sure he felt weak and inadequate. Yet God came to him in his weakness and reassured him — “Just as I have been with Moses, so I shall be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous.” The Lord exhorted Joshua three times to be strong and courageous (vs. 6,7,9). The third time God said, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (v. 9).
I realize every day how much i need to remember these words that God spoke to Joshua. It is so comforting to know that the Lord is with us and that He will not leave or forsake us. Jesus made this promise to His disciples, “I am with you always to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
It is easy for us to become frightened and dismayed as we face our calling to be followers of Christ. We will encounter many difficulties during our years on this earth. We may face overwhelming trials, troubles and tribulations. We need to be reassured of God’s presence and His promise — “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, for the Lord your God is with you whoever you go” (v. 9).
Lord God, I confess that I need to hear You say to me, “Be strong and courageous.” I need to be reminded that You are with me wherever I go. When I become afraid and dismayed, let me hear Your voice of reassurance.
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