The other day I found myself reading once again the words that the Lord gives to Joshua as he is about to take over the leadership of God’s people after the death of Moses. Although Joshua was mentored by Moses and has been groomed for this new role, he is no doubt a bit anxious. God takes Joshua aside for instructions and a pep talk.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
As God is giving Joshua his commission He takes the time to encourage Joshua and exhorts him to go forward knowing that he will be equipped and empowered for the task set before him. Joshua will not walk alone or work alone for God will be with him. I know those words strengthened and encouraged Joshua and I can attest that those same words have also served to strengthen and encourage me at various times in my life. I am certain they have benefited many others as well. As I was reflecting on these words the other day I was reminded by looking at the previous verse of the major way we can acquire the strength and courage that is promised and provided by God. In verse 8 God tells Joshua that he should not let God’s word depart from his mouth. God instructs Joshua to meditate on it day and night and do according to all that is written in it “for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”
Knowing God’s word helps us to know His will. And doing His will helps keep us close to Him. And when we are close to Him, we have no need to tremble or be dismayed. I pray that you will have a good week. I pray that you will be able to spend time with the Lord in His word and that you will know His will. And as you carry out His will I pray that you will be assured that He is with you. I pray that you will be strong and courageous.