Be Strong and Courageous

After Moses died, Joshua became the appointed leader of the Israelites to cross the Jordan and establish residency in the Promised Land.

It’s no surprise that in the first chapter of this amazing story, God encourages Joshua to “be strong and courageous … be strong and very courageous … be strong and courageous.” And then, even his men remind him they will “only be strong and courageous.” There it is … forewarnings. Forewarning that there will be times that will call for ultimate strength and courage.   And, of course, we see as the story of Joshua unfolds, indeed occasions called for just that.

So it is in our lives. And we have been forewarned. God’s Word is ancient yet timeless. His message is as relevant today as it was in the days of Joshua. We will be called upon to be strong and courageous. How can we do that shy of the Lord’s power? Strength and courage through any other lens will reflect weakness and failure. People can claim they do things of their own might and valor, but at day’s end, there will be only one source that will bring victory.

When we reflect upon how that message impacts the family, God has outlined the way for family units to live. He’s given very specific instructions for husbands and wives as well as children to follow in order to reach their “Promised Land.” Pressed between the pages of His Word are forewarnings that protect us against the Enemy.  He offers us a force that can withstand our fiercest competition. He provides power that encourages us to press on in lean circumstances.

Perhaps our biggest downfall is we forget to pull from our source of strength and courage.  Joshua 1:8-9 says, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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