WBC Verse of the Week
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Life can be difficult and with all the issues with the Pandemic and discord in our world, it provides encouragement to hear one of God’s greatest promises to those who follow Him. In this verse, Moses had just died, and Joshua was now in charge of the people of Israel. His task was to lead the people into the “Promised Land.” Because we know the story so well, we might disregard the pressure and stress that Joshua was feeling at that time. His job was not just to lead them into a new place to live. His job was to lead them into battle. Before Joshua did so, God gave him a pep talk. “Be strong, be brave, don’t get discouraged, because I am your God, and I will be with you wherever you go.” I think these are words of encouragement that we all need.
Many of you have heard this verse at some point in your life. However, how many of you have heard about verse 7 and 8 in this passage? Let me paraphrase what it says. “Be strong and courageous and follow all of the instructions given to you by Moses. You will prosper and be successful if you obey everything that has been written in the book of instructions.”
Imagine trying to be strong and courageous as you walk through this life and having faith that God is with you, but you do not even know what God has promised you? Imagine expecting God to meet your needs, but you have no desire to please Him. It is true that as a believer in Christ, God will never leave you. But imagine what it would be like if you knew what God expected from you and you were able to live according to God’s will. The problem is that people talk about God, but they have not studied scripture to really know God.
Here is truth that we can take from this verse. God is always with you! However, when you make the attempt to really know God, you will experience strength, courage, and the confidence to live a life of faith. A life that will trust God, even when life is difficult. That is a successful life.
Read Joshua 1:1-9