Tuesday, March 17

Be strong and courageous!  Here’s why.

Scripture: Joshua 1-2, Psalm 37, 1 Corinthians 3

Joshua 1:9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Observation

Before God sends Joshua and the Israelites into the Promised Land, He gives Joshua some instructions and promises.  Three times the Lord says, “Be strong and courageous.”  

      • V. 6 Be strong and courageous for you are the one who will lead these people into the land.
      • V. 7 Be strong and very courageous; be careful to obey all I’ve commanded you.
      • V. 9 Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Evidently Joshua needed courage!  It takes courage to lead; it takes courage to obey, especially when others are not.  And where does that courage come from?  Knowing that the Lord is with you!

Application

We are living in a frightening time, sailing into uncharted waters for most of us.  Many people are fearful and panicked—witness the crazy hoarding of toilet paper!  Pure panic.  But we don’t need to be afraid; we can be strong and courageous, because the Lord is with us.  We are not sailing into these waters alone!  

The command, “fear not” or “don’t be afraid” is repeated 365 times in the Bible (depending on who’s counting ☺️).  Often, the reason for being fearless is simply because the Lord is with us.

Deuteronomy 20:1 When you go out to fight your enemies and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid. The Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, is with you!

Isaiah 43:5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will gather you and your children from east and west.

Jeremiah 1:8 And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!

When you feel yourself becoming afraid, repeat these verses.  Tell yourself, “I will not be afraid, because the Lord is with me.  He’s got this.”  

Prayer: Lord, thanks for being with us.  We have nothing to fear with You beside us.  We pray for those who are fearful; help them experience Your presence and peace. Use us to bring Your peace to others.