Strong & Courageous.

Have you ever been presented with a task or assignment that seemed overwhelming and made you feel like you were unqualified for the job? Have you ever thought that someone else would have been a better choice or maybe even asked God, “me? Are you sure?”

Oh, the encounters we have with doubt and fear. We have all experienced them both and one point in our lives, and one thing I have noticed is that doubt and fear tend to creep their way in right before promotion or growth takes place. Let’s take a look at someone in the bible who experienced this exact thing.

If you read Joshua 1, you’ll find it entitled as, “Joshua Installed as Leader.” Moses had just died and now it was Joshua’s turn to lead the Israelites into the promised land. I don’t know about you, but stepping into a position where my predecessor had been for years would cause for a whole lot of fear and doubt. I can only imagine what was going through Joshua’s mind (or at least mine).

“What if the people don’t listen to me?”
“Do they think I’m qualified?”
“Would Moses have done it this way?”

Doubt and fear must have been something that Joshua was wrestling with because if you look closely at this chapter God told him three times to be strong and courageous. Why? One reason is because doubt and fear does not come from God. If it doesn’t come from Him then it doesn’t belong in our lives. The other reason can be found in verse nine.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

God was with Joshua wherever he went just like He is with you wherever you go. God also commanded us to be strong and courageous. It’s who we are. It’s who you are.

If you read further into the story of Joshua you’ll find that it was under his leadership that the Israelites finally reached, entered, and experienced the promised land.

Like we discussed last week, you are chosen and when God chooses you know that He is with you.

Remember, you are beloved, you are chosen, you are strong, and you are courageous.


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