Be Strong and Courageous
Day: 1 | Plan: Joshua-Judges
Today's Reading: Joshua 1
Joshua 1:6 (NIV) “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”
God sometimes invites us to do things that seem far beyond our abilities. In those moments, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, unqualified and ill-equipped. That is why I love the story of Joshua.
Imagine trying to step into the shoes of Moses! This was where God called Joshua. But God did not call Joshua to leadership and leave him to figure it out alone. Quite the opposite, in fact.
First, God had already equipped Joshua. He had been serving Moses and the nation of Israel for decades. Joshua knew what it would take to lead successfully because he witnessed the victory, blessings and favor that follow a man who loves God with all his heart, soul and strength and who walks in faithful obedience to his God.
Second, God reminds Joshua the land was already theirs. They need only move in and possess it. (Genesis 15:18-21; Deuteronomy 1:6-8; 31:6-8)
Finally, God commissioned and charged Joshua for this role. Three times God exhorts Joshua to “be strong and courageous.” But God didn’t just speak the words and leave Joshua to figure it out. God gave Joshua a formula for spiritual strength and courage.
1. Know and obey the Law (Joshua 1:7)
Read the Law fully and completely. Study it. Know it. Don’t neglect it. Never turn away from it. Ensure it guides every decision you make, every action you take, every word you speak.
2. Think about the Law (Joshua 1:8)
Meditate on it day and night. Go beyond knowing the Law. Don’t just ingest it but digest it so that it sinks down into the marrow of your bones. Speak it out loud to yourself and to God’s people. Keep it ever before you.
3. Do not fear or be discouraged (Joshua 1:9)
God promised Joshua and the people His presence wherever they went. Even in an unknown land filled with evil men and hostile enemies, God promised to never leave them or forsake them. He would be their Defender and Deliverer.
This formula is not only for Joshua. It works for us too.
The next time God calls us out of our comfort zone, let’s hold fast to God’s words to Joshua. Let’s pray these promises from our Father in heaven:
Thank you, God, that you will equip me with everything good for doing Your will. (Taken from Hebrews 13:21)
Father, I will read, study and devour Your Word for it is my joy and my heart’s delight. (Taken from Jeremiah 15:16)
Father, I will meditate on Your Word. I will delight in Your statutes. I will keep it ever before me and never forget it. (Taken from Psalm 119:15-16)
Father, I will be strong and courageous. I will not fear any task to which You call me because You go with me wherever I go. You promise never to leave me or forsake me. (Taken from Deuteronomy 31:6-8)
Prayer: Father, thank You that when You call us to a God-sized task, You don’t abandon us. You equip us. You give us great promises to trust in and cling to. You never abandon us or leave us alone. Help me to be strong and courageous where you have called me today or in the future. Help me to remember Joshua’s commission and calling and trust in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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