“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
Joshua was appointed to be the leader of the children of Israel following the death of Moses, who had led them for forty years. Joshua was to lead the people in the conquest of the Promised Land.
Joshua knew that he would not be as great a prophet as Moses and that he would not perform the signs and wonders that Moses had (Deuteronomy 34: 9–12). He knew that the task before him would be difficult. He also knew that God would be with him.
Joshua could have been told many things after the death of Moses. Joshua records that he was told “be strong and courageous.” Those words (and variations) of them were spoken to him four times in the short space of Joshua chapter 1 (verses 6, 7, 9, and 18).
Life is full of challenges.
- We may feel daunted by the obstacles before us.
- We may feel unqualified to do the tasks in front of us.
- We may think that there are others who would do them better.
Instead of focusing on the magnitude of the challenge, my own inadequacies, or the qualifications of others, today I will think about the assurances of God.
They can make me bold and courageous.