9 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.”
Today’s verse is one of three calls from God to Joshua to be strong and courageous (Vv. 6–7, 9 and 18.) The only difference with this third call was that it was based on God’s presence. The former two calls to be strong and courageous were based on God’s promise and God’s power. We also read in Deuteronomy 1:21; 31:18 and Joshua 8:1 how God encourages Joshua to not be afraid or to be discouraged. The reason why God encouraged Joshua three times with these words/themes was that Joshua was about to lead the nation of Israel into the Promise Land – the very same Promised Land that was promised to Abraham in Genesis (more than 400 years ago). Talk about being under pressure.
Joshua probably had times when he felt weak, inadequate, and frightened. Perhaps he considered resigning before the Conquest even began. But God knew all about his feelings of personal weakness and fear and hence telling Joshua three times, to be strong and courageous. These calls with their accompanying assurances (God’s promise, God’s power, and God’s presence) were sufficient to last a lifetime. And these same assurances are available to us today too and will last a lifetime. No matter what you’re facing right now. Remember God’s promises, His power, and his presence is with you in the form of the Holy Spirit. Take heart and be courageous.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in your current situation
Invite the Holy Spirit to be present as you spend a moment in silence; Give thanks for one thing that you’re grateful for right now, and use it to reflect on the goodness of God; Bring to God one thing that’s on your mind right now, and lift it before Him; Devote the remainder of your day to Jesus: