The situation was desperate. A towering leader was dead, and there were pressing decisions to be made. There was new and threatening territory to be explored and claimed, but there were hostile inhabitants to be encountered. The need for strength and courage could hardly be overstated. Such was the situation faced by a man named Joshua.
“Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, ‘Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.’ “ (Joshua 1.1-2)
Several men who have held the office of Vice President of the United States could well relate to this challenge and dilemma. With the death or assassination of the President, these men have been abruptly thrust into leadership; often at a desperate time. For Joshua, the LORD Yahweh spoke words of assurance and promise: “Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses … No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, … be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you … Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1.3,5-7, 9)
While this story is about Joshua and the people of Israel, it’s also about us. Every day we face new territory that must be explored and conquered through strength and courage. As God’s people, everywhere we stand is His territory, and He has given it to us. No foe can stand against us, because our God is with us. He will not fail or forsake us. We must be true to His word, and do as He instructs us, if we are to succeed. Wherever we go, He is with us.
May we be strong and courageous today, fully assured and confident of His present, protection, and guidance. Seize the territory of this day according to His word and will. Be strong and very courageous!
©Steve Taylor, 2015 --Used by permission
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