Our to-do lists are long.
There are so many challenges ahead. It can be overwhelming.
Where do we find the strength?
Joshua must have felt completely overwhelmed when Moses turned over leadership of the Israelites to him. He was going to have to lead them into battle – over and over – in order to claim the Promised Land. They could see the Promised Land. They could also see the fortified cities that were already there and the crowds of people who inhabited them.
The book of Joshua begins with God giving instructions to this new, young leader. ‘Be strong and courageous’. God repeats this phrase three times in his first set of instructions to Joshua.
Why? Because Joshua was going to have to remember that he needed God’s help to do this. This was way too big of a mission to try to pull off on his own. Joshua by himself is not strong enough for what he is going to have to do. Joshua by himself is not brave enough to face the challenges that lie ahead for the Israelites. So God is telling Joshua what he will give Joshua strength and courage – as long as Joshua depends on God.
God is telling us the same thing today as we read his words. He will give us strength and courage for the journey we are on – the purpose we are here to fulfill.
We can be strong – it comes from God.
We can have courage – God has our back. There is no reason to be afraid.
We find strength and courage when we’re living close to God.
Listening and obeying.
Thank you, Abba Father.