Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Joshua was not feeling it. The issues he had to deal with seemed overwhelming.
- Joshua missed his leader, friend, and mentor Moses.
- He had to follow Moses who was an amazing leader.
- This enormous group of people was now his responsibility.
- He was taking them all into an unknown land.
- They were facing unfamiliar enemies.
God to told Joshua to “not be terrified or discouraged.” His saying that presupposes that Joshua really was fearful and discouraged. However many obstacles and challenges Joshua had had this far this must have been his hardest yet.
Chances are we have been right where Joshua was. It is not a fun place to be. Standing in the face of overwhelming odds, heading into a place that has no sign of familiarity is a challenge to say the least. In addition to these things, comparing ourselves to others can shut us down completely.
Because we serve a mighty God, we are can live a life that does not look like the world’s definition of “normal.”
Just like Joshua, our God has made us a promise. In the Bible God tells us, “I will never ever leave you or forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6) We can trust this truth.
No matter what the journey is before us-our God is bigger. We can trust that He will not leave us. He is with us! In the same way God lead Joshua and the Israelites into the Promised Land and defeated their enemies before them, we too can take ground for the Kingdom and defeat our enemies. God is more than enough to take care of anything that come before us.
Regardless of how big the mountains are in front of us or how ill-equipped we think we are, we have a choice to make. We can live in fear and disappointment or we can walk forward in faith.
We are children of God. God calls us the bride of Christ.
Today we are deciding that we are not going let fear or discouragement rule us!
May the reality of who we are and Who is with us drive us boldly and bravely forward into the unknown territories before us!