Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NKJV
Joshua walked beside Moses as he served God. Moses set an example of faithfulness and godly leadership for Joshua. Joshua was called to lead. Three times God commanded Joshua to be strong and courageous. It was not a suggestion. It was a command!
God told Joshua He would always be with him. He would never leave Joshua nor forsake him. No man would be able to stand before Joshua all the days of his life. The Lord told Joshua His people would inherit the land God promised to Abraham Isaac and Jacob.
The Lord’s promises were conditional. God’s condition to bless Joshua and the children of Israel is that they meditate day and night on the book of the law.
Jesus is calling us to meditate on the Word of God. The Lord is calling us to obey the commands given to us in the bible. Jesus wants us to remember His promises!
God repeated His commands and promises to Joshua because he needed to be reminded. Jesus is reminding us of His promises and commands because we need to be reminded.
I have struggled through trials and hardship that have broken my heart and spirit.
I have not lost my faith. I have struggled to believe Jesus is calling me to lead and serve Him. I’ve struggled to believe the Lord is with me everywhere I go. Sometimes I forget no trial or hardship can stand against me when I trust Jesus with my life!
We live in a world that draws us away from Jesus. Without the direction, guidance and encouragement of scripture we struggle to live by faith!
Some people drift farther and farther from Jesus until calamity befalls. Others turn back to the Lord and experience God’s grace regardless of their circumstances.
The Lord chose Joshua to lead His people. He promised abundant living to the children of Israel. God promised to be with them wherever they went. He commanded them not to depart from the book of the law but to meditate on it day and night.
Jesus promises to give you an abundant life. The Lord commands you to take a stand of faith on the Word of God. Almighty God commands you to meditate on and remember the promises written in the bible for you today!
Jesus has chosen you to lead people to Him. Jesus wants you to remember He is with you everywhere you go. You will have to struggle through trials and hardships. Everyone does. Do not drift away from the Lord. Turn back to the God of bible.
Jesus never fails people who trust Him and eagerly await the fulfillment of His promises!
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