We live in turbulent times. We face many unknowns. The kind of strength and courage we need won’t come from within. Nor will we find it in our circumstances. We need the strength and courage Joshua, of the Old Testament times, needed as He faced many unknowns, seeking to lead a rebellious people.
Where Joshua Found Strength & Courage
I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from … No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. (Josh. 1:1-6)
As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake 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. (Josh. 1:5, 9)
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Josh. 1:7-8)
Finding Strength & Courage Today
Need strength and courage? Though our circumstances may differ from Joshua’s and all the particular promises and precepts God gave him may not apply to us, we nonetheless serve the same God.
- Reflect on the many promises throughout Scripture that apply to you. (2 Cor. 1:20; 7:1; Heb. 8:6; 10:23; 2 Pet. 1:3-4)
- Remember that God is always with you. (Matt. 28:20; Rom. 8:38-39; Heb. 13:5)
- Return to God’s Word over and over again for the guidance you need. (Ps. 119:105; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)