Joshua 1:9 (NKJV) “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.”
After the death of Moses, God called Joshua who had been a personal servant to Moses, and gave him the charge of taking Israel into the Promised Land. This seemed to be a tall order for Joshua, hence the number of times God encouraged him saying “be strong and be of good courage”. Likewise in life today, we must understand that wherever God plants us, it’s because He knows that we are able to accomplish the task that is set before us. There is potential for greatness that’s hidden in every one of us.
Take for example Gideon, in Judges 6:12 when the Angel appeared before Gideon saying “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor”. Gideon’s first reaction like many of us was to cave in and hide under a rock, saying “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” God does not look at our past, or our natural limitations but He speaks to the potential that is within us. It is up to us to come alive to the realities of God’s indwelling power (Eph.3:20). He said in Ephesians 6:10, “be strong in the Lord, and in His mighty power”.
What is it that is set before you? It doesn’t matter…be strong and be courageous. In the midst of Paul’s challenges, God said to Him “my grace is sufficient from you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness” (2Cor.12:9). Lean on God’s grace, He says in Hebrews 4:16 to come with boldness to receive mercy and grace to help when needed. Be strong and courageous…look to God for strength, and take possession of what belongs to you.
Scriptures to Meditate on: Heb.4:16, Eph.6:10, 2 Cor. 12:9-10, Heb. 13:5-6, Josh.1:5
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