Read: Joshua 1:1 – 2:24
“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.” Joshua 1:9
I chuckle every time I read this passage of scripture. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t written to make us laugh, yet I find myself snickering and yelling at the pages, “He’s talking to YOU, Joshua!”
Let me set this up for you. Moses has died. Moses …you know, the guy who stood up to Pharaoh shouting, “LET MY PEOPLE GO!”, led the Israelites out of slavery and even allowed the power of God to work through him to part the Red Sea? THAT Moses is dead and Joshua is his successor. By the time we get to verse 9, God has told Joshua THREE TIMES to be strong and courageous. Even in the closing of Deuteronomy it is evident that God chose Joshua to succeed Moses, and before his passing Moses declares to Joshua, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” [Deuteronomy 31:8]
I think the reason I find myself chuckling at this passage is because I can relate to Joshua. There have been times in my life when God has opened a door of opportunity for me, or I’ve been asked to take on a specific task or role, and I began second guessing myself. “What if I don’t measure up to their expectations?” “Am I really qualified?” Yet, God has already qualified, equipped, and chosen me for the task. It’s up to me to be strong and courageous.
When my husband and I moved to Wheeling with our family a few weeks ago, I varied between excited and fearful for a few days. The Lord used His Word to remind us that we weren’t coming alone, He was coming with us.
That’s the hope we have, friends. If God is asking us to do something for His kingdom, we can trust that we’re not stepping out alone. Maybe He’s been nudging you to witness to a co-worker. Perhaps you’ve been feeling like you should get more involved in church by becoming a member or connecting with a grow group. Maybe you don’t know much about God at all, but lately you’ve been feeling like you should start reading your bible.
Be encouraged, friend. Pray this with me.
Lord, help me to do the things you have placed on my heart to do. Give me courage where I’m fearful and strength where I’m weak. Help me to believe that you are always with me and therefore, I will not fail. In Jesus’ name, Amen.