It is remarkable that Joshua is told several times in a short space of time to be courageous and strong. Life can be so battering that we quickly lose heart. An Israelite reading these words would thank God that Joshua heeded this command all his life. We too should be thankful that Jesus did so and does so.
“Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.”
Be strong and courageous.
This command has been repeated previously by the Lord to Moses and to Joshua, and here is hammered home again.
Even the people echo it back in verse 18.
And it is a command. But a command we can unpack and grow in our understanding of.
In what strength? It is God who gives strength, verse 5 says,
“Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.”
We are to be strong in the Lord. Verse 7 deepens this,
“… Being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you.”
Our strength comes from standing firm in God’s word, in His truth, His wisdom.
Where does our courage come from? It is God, verse 9 says,
“Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
We are able to take hold of the promise and reality that our God, who is the LORD, is with us wherever we go. We are never alone. And noone can snatch us out of His hands.
We are in His hands – What comfort this is!
We can be encouraged here as Joshua and Israel were; to be strong in the Lord, standing firm in His word, full of courage, knowing that our God, the LORD, is with us wherever we go.
* Great God Above,
Thank You for calling us to be strong and courageous.
Please help us to do this in our lives, please help us to understand what it means as we go about each day.
Thank You for Your word, in which we can stand firm.
Thank You that You are with us, we are never alone, You are our high tower, our fortress and protection.