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Strength and Courage--October 12

Let the words from the book of the law be always on your lips. Meditate on them day and night so that you may be careful to live by all that is written in it. If you do, as you make your way through this world, you will prosper and always find success.

This is My command: be strong and courageous. Never be afraid or discouraged because I am your God, the Eternal One, and I will remain with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:8-9

We dwell in a world broken by sin and its resulting heartache. You know you’ve experienced it...that broken relationship, that devastating loss, that sin in your life that is just so hard to shake. We’ve all been there. We all reside there. This is common to the entire human race - no matter what it looks like on social media! That’s the bad news! If that’s all there is we would be in a pretty sorry state.

But the good news is that we’re not alone! That is evident in the life of Joshua. Joshua had been Moses’ right hand man. He’d gone with him to the tabernacle, often staying well after Moses had left. As the book of Joshua opens, Moses has died and Joshua no longer has his mentor with him. This situation certainly could have evoked some fears, some discouragement (and probably did!). But God has some encouragement for Joshua. He tells him repeatedly that He will never fail or abandon Joshua. (Joshua 1:5, 9) Joshua will succeed; he’s been given the promise! How encouraging!!!!

There’s only one thing God asks him to do - keep the book of the law close on his lips. Today we would say read and meditate on God’s word. Success isn’t based on what we do. It is based on how connected to our Papa God we are. Joshua is told he will always find success if he keeps his heart and mind focused on God. Understand this doesn’t mean there will never be disappointments. All you have to do is flip over to Joshua 7 to see the first of many disappointments! The only way Joshua (and us too!) find success is by plunging through the disappointments and trusting that God is with us through the whole mess, trusting His guidance through His word. It is only then we are able to accomplish the command that’s given: be strong and courageous. (Joshua 1:9a)

Scripture is very clear. Our Scripture today is very clear. We cannot be strong and courageous on our own. Strength and courage are a product of Fully Relying On God (FROG), relying on His truth written on our hearts. What are you relying on? Where is your courage and strength found? Are you acknowledging God’s presence with you daily?

Today as you go about your day carry these phrases with you from today’s Scripture: be strong and courageous because I am your God and I will remain with you wherever you go.

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