“Remember, I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Can you imagine the pressure Joshua might have felt as leading Israel moved from Moses to himself? In those first seconds of leadership, God tends to his heart by reminding him He'll always be there. "Be strong and brave!" God says, because He knows victory awaits Joshua should he choose obedience. Being brave and strong is not a friendly suggestion, it is a requirement for the plans God has ahead.
This is a favorite because the story of Joshua reflects a lifetime of courage. We first learn of Joshua as a young spy following Moses' instructions to covertly enter the Promised land, then a band leader around Jericho’s walls, to a seasoned general of the Lord's Army where countless battles are won for God. Joshua's life is poured out in strong and brave obedience so again and again the victory could point to God. God consistently encouraged Joshua to be fearless and He does the same thing with us! Every moment of our lives we can be brave and strong with God as our lead. Victory awaits if we will remember who He is. May we follow His direction in our lives and witness the glorious goodness of our God!
Father, thank You for going ahead of us in our lives and encouraging us to keep going in following you in strength and courage. Help our victories always point others to You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
What areas of your life is God encouraging you to “Be strong and brave” in?
How can you point others to Christ through the victories won for His glory and your good?