July 18, 2022 – Joshua 1: 9 – Be Strong

Y’all!  I have asked for your favorite verses, and man, you’ve come through. I’ve got so many; this may take a while. But I’m excited about this chance to reflect on some of your favorite verses!  

Today we are looking at Joshua 1:9

9 I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

This passage is God’s reminder of encouragement to Joshua.  You got this.  Moses was the greatest leader the people ever knew, perhaps the greatest leader in the entire Old Testament. He talked with God, so that glory of God received the Law, and did so much. 

I mean the first five books of the Bible are often called “The Books of Moses.”  Moses was a big deal. And guess who gets to follow him?  Joshua. Think that may have been a little intimidating?  Think that may have been a bit much?  

Talk about big shoes to fill.  Yet, here he was.  Here was Joshua. Ready to do what God called, but you know he had to be worried. He had to be a little afraid. He knew this job was big, maybe too big. So what did God tell him?  

Be strong.  Do not be frightened.  God is with you, wherever you go.  In other words, you can do this.  It’s a big job, yes.  It’s scary, yes. It’s a lot, yet. But you can do this. Do not be afraid. Do not be worried.  Do not give up, do not give in.  You can do it. 

Yes, the task is big. But God is bigger.  Do not be afraid.  

Friends, whatever it is you face today, know this. God is bigger. God is there.  You can do it.  Yes, you really can. You can do it. 

But not by your own strength or might, but through God’s.  You can do it.  

Have courage today. Great is the Lord and mighty to be praised. Through His power, you can do it. Be strong. God is with you. 

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