Joshua 1:1-9 I’ve commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go.
This text is a personal message from God to Joshua. It is clear and specific.
The command from God to Joshua is to be courageous, not based on Joshua's strength or abilities but on the assurance of God's presence with Him.
It is God who equips us for the journey, in the journey and along the journey.
Yes, Joshua was there with Moses when they started out but Joshua role then is not the same as it is now. Then he was the assistant leader, now he is called by God to be the leader.
Joshua is about to enter a period of “testing of his faith” but He has a promise of God’s ever presence in the midst of it.
Oh, what a promise! The promise of God's ever presence in a time of fear and uncertainty. He knows what God promises, but he too is human and I am certain that there was some thoughts of fear for I believe that is why God said to him “fear not, but be of good courage” for I am with you.
If God calls you to a task, He will equip you for it and He will be with you in it and through it to give you His divine wisdom and His divine direction to carry it out.
To be courageous and not fearful requires Faith in God and His Word, it requires us to keep our focus on God and not on what we see. It also requires determination, prayer and meditation on God's Word.
If we look throughout the world today we will see that indeed the harvest is plentiful, but the labors are few.
The Lord gave Joshua encouragement and assurance of a guaranteed victory when he said in vs#5 Joshua, I will always be with you and help you as I helped Moses, and no one will ever be able to defeat you.
God informs Joshua of the promise He made with Abraham concerning Abraham’s seed, to whom Joshua is not a descendent of.
Now God here give specific instructions on how to be victorious in possessing the land of promise. (1) be strong and courageous (2) be careful to do everything that you have learned from Moses (3) never stop reading the book of the law (word of God) he gave you (4) meditate (think about what it says) on that Word day and night (5) obey it complete and you and Israel will possess the land. GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!!!
God has given all believers His Holy Spirit on the inside of us as evidence of His ever presence with us.
I encourage you all on today to be bold and courageous as you stand up for the Gospel truth in this sinful, dying world in which we live for the Lord our God is with us.
God has given you a voice to proclaim His Word, so do it with power and authority for the Lord your God is in you.
God bless you and do tell the Lord thank you for it is in Him where we find the courage, strength and ability to do that which He has called us to do.