Sorry I missed last week’s Wednesday Devotional. I was getting over jet lag from traveling to the States. Then I got sick. Ugh! Anyway, I’m glad to be back today. I am excited to be looking at how God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. Don’t forget to check out the last Wednesday Devotional to stay up to date as well.
Joshua 1:6-9 says, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then, you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
What It Tells Us:
Do you see a theme here? God repeats himself to Joshua 3x, telling him to be “strong and courageous”.
Joshua has much weight on his shoulders as the Lord told him, he will “cause the people to inherit the land” He had promised to them. Joshua has to be careful to lead the people “according to all the law” in order for them to inherit the land.
We all have difficult situations we must face in life also. We may even have to lead others through difficult situations, but God calls us to lead as the Bible tells us-to be strong and courageous as we go through life’s tough situations.
If you have been reading my blog for a length of time, you will know my husband and I serve as missionaries in Thailand. I am also not very fond of the term “missionary”. I am not a missionary just because I live outside of the country where I was born. You are a missionary if you are a Christian, and God has given each of us a mission and a mission field. God equipped you to lead in whatever ministry He has given you. He asks you to be faithful, and He will bless you in your efforts. There will be challenges, but as you meditate on the Word and follow it, God will give you success in it. God commands us to be strong and courageous. He commands us and He goes with us. Therefore, we do not need to be afraid. Thank You, God, for never leaving us!
It is essential, however, to keep in mind, we cannot do any ministry apart from God because He is the one who gives us strength, courage, ability and success. I urge you to take heart in knowing you will never face a problem alone because God will always be with you.
God, thank You for never leaving me. Forgive me for not always living strong and courageously. Help me to not be fearful because I know You are always with me and you will guide me. Drive me to constantly be in Your Word to encourage me and build up my confidence in You. Guide me in leading the ministries You have given me with boldness and reckless abandonment for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
So how can you be strong and courageous with what God has given you?