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April 20, 2018, 9:39 AM

Be Strong and Courageous!

After the life of Moses had come to an end without the crossing into the Promised Land, I can almost hear some of those grumbling people shouting from the top of their lungs, “I told you so! We should have just stayed in Egypt!”  Maybe that wasn’t the case and maybe the people were fired up and ready to go after they mourned the loss of their great leader.  Either way, the task set before Joshua would be difficult none the less.  He was charged with being the successor to a man of whom the Bible says, “And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,”(Ex. 3410; ESV). Not only that, he was to finish the journey of leading the people into the Promised Land.  This would involve fighting battles and establishing monotheistic worship of the one true God by removing all remnants of the pagan societies that were there.  Maybe the struggle set before you isn’t the same as Joshua’s but it’s still quite daunting.  Take courage in being reminded of the words God spoke to Joshua as He was preparing him to go out before the people.  The instructions to Joshua to be strong and courageous get most of the attention, but they become weakened words of motivation with the absence of why Joshua should be strong and courageous.  God declared to Joshua that the land already belonged to the Israelites, “every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have already given to you,”(Joshua 1:3;ESV).  Secondly, the inhabitants of the land would be no match for Joshua and the Israelites.  God promised that no man would be able to stand against Joshua, because God would be with him as He was with Moses(Joshua 1:5;ESV).  In this, Joshua would be able to rest on the assurances of what he had seen God do before and therefore believe He would do it again.  Thirdly, God gave Joshua a promise for the future, he would never be forsaken or left alone by God.  It’s for these reasons Joshua could be strong and very courageous.  When you are facing trials, tests, and temptations remember that, in Christ, you have victory over the enemy, you are never alone in the struggles of this life, and you can hold confidently to the assurance of entering into the Promised Land, God’s eternal heavenly kingdom.


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