Joshua 1:9-Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Fear= fear, terror, reverence in the greek and is defined as panic flight, fear, the causing of fear, terror.
As we look around in our world today there are so many circumstances, situations and reasons to feel fearful and afraid, but God commands us on today to be not discouraged nor afraid for He is with us people of God.
In this text, Moses assignment of leading God's people our of Egyptian bondage has been accomplished.
Who better than Joshua to lead God's people. Joshua had already been trained and prepared by God for the journey through his servant Moses.
Let's listen to Numbers 27:18-23 The Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him, 19 and cause him to stand before Eleazar the priest and before all the assembly, and command in their sight. 20 You will put some of your majesty on him, in order that all the assembly of the children of Israel will listen. 21 He will stand before Eleazar the priest, who will ask for him about the judgment of the Urim before the Lord. At his word will they go out, and at his word they will come in, both he and all the children of Israel with him, even all the assembly.”
22 Moses did as the Lord commanded him, and he took Joshua, and he caused him to stand before Eleazar the priest and before all the assembly. 23 And he laid his hands on him and commanded him as the Lord spoke by the hand of Moses.
Fear somehow always seems to presents itself as the first opportunity to any task that will require us to not do it in our own strength, but in God's strength.
God knew Joshua was fearful and needed courage and strength. The enemies of God people were currently in possession of the land and some of them were giants too. Joshua knew this because he was one of the spies who came back with a good report saying "we can possess it."
When the time came to take possession of the land, God personally spoke one on one with Joshua these words of comfort in this text "Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
People of God, we too find ourselves with opportunities to fear when God calls us to a work for him. The key to remember is that God is not calling us to do it, He is wanting to do it through us. This is where our obedience, trust and faith in God to see us through has to kick in.
People of God, perhaps you are reading this blog and you have been gripped with fear concerning something that God may is requiring of you do, or maybe even on a personal level with your children, bills, finances, marriage, relationships, work, future, etc. Whatever it is that may be causing us to attempt to be fearful and afraid, the Lord our God speaks these words to us too "be strong and courageous, do not be afraid for I am with you.""
People of God, we MUST trust our God on today for His word is true. His promise is to be with us always, even unto the end.
People of God, "BE NOT AFRAID" nor dismay, but be strong and courageous for God is with you!