Tuesday, August 30, 2016
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Leading the Israelite multitude was no easy task. Joshua knew of the problems and difficulties that his predecessor Moses had faced as he led the children of Israel out of Egypt where they were in bondage for over four hundred years. I am sure that he had some misgivings when the responsibility was placed on his shoulders. It was not going to be easy.
Many times in our lives, God gives us assignments that are not easy. In fact, they may be so downright difficult that it seems almost impossible to be accomplished. If you are in such a position, take heart my friend. It is all God.
There was no way for Joshua to do what he had to do by himself and the same goes for you. He needed God and you need God, like you have never needed Him before. God wants us to need Him desperately. He loves to be needed like that. He knew what Joshua was thinking and feeling and so He turned up with the words that Joshua needed to hear: “Do not be afraid!” God was the One who had chosen Joshua. Joshua did not put himself in that position. And so, God reminded him that He was in charge. Joshua had nothing to worry about. Those words gave Joshua the courage and the strength he needed to carry out the task. Joshua just had to obey orders and follow wherever God led him.
Did God command you? Did He bring you to this point? Then trust Him to see you through. He will not fail you. You may say that you do not know if God brought you to this point or if it is of your own making. Well do not despair. Still trust Him.
All good fathers help their children if and when their children make mistakes as a result of their disobedience and stubbornness. God is a good Father. He will not leave you in your situation to die. Be strong and of a good courage. He is with you. Wherever you are, God is!
Lord, like Joshua, I am in way over my head. Today, I take courage in the fact that as You were with Joshua You are with me. I choose to hold on to Your Word so that I will be comforted. Thank You for not leaving me alone. Thank You for being a God that I could depend on. Thank You for loving and helping me through this situation. Thank You for being God. Amen.