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!
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.
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.