This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on It day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
In this passage, the people of Israel are about to take hold of the land that God has given into their hands. Moses had led them for more than 40 years, and now it was Joshua’s turn. Can you imagine the courage Joshua would need to lead at this unique time in the history of God’s people? While Joshua had many reasons to be nervous and afraid, he had far greater reasons to take courage. The God who gave the promise of the land would be with Israel wherever they went.
Many people ask the question, “What is God’s will for my life?” However, we often over-complicate the answer. God has called each one of us to do the same three things—love Him, love others, and tell others about Him. Yet, the way each of us fulfills this call will vary depending on where God has placed us. Regardless of how this calling takes shape, we will need the courage of God that is freely given to us in Jesus Christ who has overcome the world.
God gave Joshua three reasons to be of courage as he took the land—the guarantee that the battle had already been won, the dependability of God’s Word, and the promise to always be with them. Though our circumstances are drastically different than Joshua’s were those thousands of years ago, we still have these same promises. As we grow in our love for God and our depth of knowledge and love for His Word, we will follow Him with deeper levels of courage. God is good and gracious to us, and He will never leave us. When we enter the places He has called us to, we can obey Him with courage knowing that He is right there with us.
- Read John 16:33. What assurance and hope does Jesus give to those who courageously obey Him and trust His Word?
- Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. What is the Word of God uniquely able to do that nothing else can? Why is courage contingent upon obedience to God’s Word?
- Thank God for the courage that comes from trusting His Word.