“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
God tells us to be strong and courageous because He promises to be with us wherever we go. He does not want us to be terrified nor discouraged. In Him, we have all that we need.
In the first chapter of Joshua, we are told three times in the first nine verses to “be strong and courageous“. The final verse in chapter one, again says the same. What stood out to me is that yes, He wants me to be strong and take courage in Him no matter what I face, but also, the very fact that the words are spoken and repeated, reveals a recognition and acknowledgement that what we face can be frightening and has the capacity to lead to discouragement. He knows our human frailty, yet desires that we place our faith in Him, as He can overcome all. He who created the earth and everything in it, is more than enough to hold our hand and lead us through the trials that attempt to tower before us. As we size up the situation in our sight line, may we be free from fear and discouragement wherever we go.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that strength and courage are fueled by faith in You; not by anything we can attain on our own. Keep fear and discouragement far from us as we embrace the strength and courage that You supply to sustain our every step. May we march forward mightily and strengthen and encourage others as we go. Amen.
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