Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 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.”
Written by: John Esposito
There is a common theme in the warriors God chooses for His battles: trust and courage.
God chose Joshua to lead the people into the promised land after the death of Moses. In the verses above, He commanded Joshua three times to be strong and courageous. This didn’t mean there was no fear in the situation. The presence of fear was overcome through trusting God would do the fighting and the confidence God had already secured the victory.
Likewise, another strong and courageous warrior David, who was a shepherd at this time, had an immense trust God had already delivered the giant Philistine into the hands of Israel. That gave him the confidence to be strong and courageous. “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:37
In Judges 4, the prophet Deborah was leading Israel at that time. She too showed her trust and courage when the Lord had commanded her to overcome Sisera: ‘”Certainly I will go with you,’ said Deborah. …for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.'” Judges 4:9
We can take courage to move forward whatever battles we encounter, even when fear is present! Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Thought of the day: God does not send out those to fight His battles without the promise to be with them and the assurance He has already secured the victory! If we know His truth, have an unfettered trust in Him and know that in the presence of fear we can have courage, we too can be His warriors!
Prayer: God, I praise Your victorious name! Help me to develop the kind of unfettered trust that grows into the kind of courage to overcome the very real and present fear and results in the confidence of your already guaranteed victory. Thank You God. Amen.