“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9
We as God’s children are called to be “strong and courageous”, obey God’s Word, and do not turn to the right or the left in order to be prosperous and successful. Being strong and courageous is not easy. In fact sometimes we can be so full of fear that we can not take the next step forward. But in these verses, God promises He will never leave you nor forsake you. In fact, He commands us to not be terrified or discouraged because “He, the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go”.
It is comforting to me to know that I worship a God who cares and loves me and He is with me every step I take. Being strong and courageous then does not depend on me in my fleshly strength but depends on my trust in the living, risen Saviour Jesus Christ.