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.”– Joshua 1.9
When Joshua was charged by God to take Israel into the Promised Land (Joshua 1.1-9), He was told several times to “be strong and courageous.”
With each charge to be strong and courageous, God reminds us of why we need to draw on Him, and not ourselves, for strength and courage:
“Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.”
As Jesus ascended to heaven, His last words to the disciples were “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28.20). We can walk in confidence knowing that God has promised to be with us always.
“You shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them”.
The inheritance of the land was based on God’s promise; therefore we, too can “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Heb. 10.23) He has promised to complete the good work that He started in us (Phil. 1.6)
“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.”
He has given us the means to guide us to success in our walk with Him – His Word. It is how we can keep our way pure (Psalm 119.9); and with the resurrection of Christ, He also gives us His Spirit, who guides us into all truth (John 16.13).
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.”
Our strength and courage are not fed from within. Our strength and courage come from trusting God, who is with us even to the end of the age; he is with us to complete the good work that he began in us; he is with us to guide us into all truth; he is with us because he has commanded us.
Let us follow where He leads.