“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 (NIV)
The scriptures don’t tell us what Joshua thought when God told him to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Leading God’s people was a big deal. I can’t help but wonder if he were afraid of the obstacles he would face? Did he worry about failing? Did he wonder if he was the right man for such an important job?
We may never know whether these thoughts crossed Joshua’s mind or not. What we do know, is that God gave him the reassurance he needed before he began his journey. God instructed Joshua to obey His word and not turn from it. He promised that He would never leave him or forsake him. He told him not to be afraid or discouraged. And He commanded him to be bold and courageous. (Joshua 1:5-9)
God knew precisely what Joshua and the Israelites would have to face on the road ahead. He saw every obstacle; there would be rivers to cross, lands to conquer, and battles to win. God’s words gave Joshua the strength and courage he needed to complete his task. And with God by his side, he eventually led the Israelites into the Promised Land.
Don’t worry; God has already worked out all of the details. –Tweet this!
The words God spoke to Joshua are for us too. When God asks us to do something for him that seems impossible, we can take comfort in knowing He will be with us. We don’t have to worry about failing. We don’t have to be anxious about the obstacles that lie ahead. We don’t have to wonder if we are good enough to complete the tasks before us. All we need to do is put our trust in Him. He’s already worked out all of the details.
Lord, we praise you for the promises in your word. We thank you that wherever we go you are always with us. Help us to boldly leave the details to you and courageously accept any task you put before us. In Jesus’ name, we pray Amen!
Let’s be honest, sometimes the things God asks us to do are hard. Really hard. Earlier this week I shared a little bit about my journey on the #BeBoldGirl series. Read my story here.
Thank you for following along today. I hope you were encouraged to be bold and courageous. ~Kelly
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