Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (ESV)
The servant of the LORD spoke these words to Joshua as he commissions Joshua. Joshua was given all the lands of what we now call the Mideast. This servant told Joshua that “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you I will not leave you or forsake you.” (Verse 5)
In the first nine verses of this chapter the servant of God tells Joshua three times to be strong and courageous. I have always heard if we hear something or read something in God’s Word three times that He means it.
In our focus verse, God, through His servant asks a question, “Have I not commanded you?” That gets my attention. He then reminds us that we are to be strong and to have courage.
Life throws some very hard things at us. Major surgeries, sudden losses of loved ones through death, loss of employment, friends relocating, loss of homes. God tells us we need to be strong in all these issues.
We might face any of these scenarios and have a bit of fear; when we look to God, those fears will be replaced by strength and courage from our LORD Jesus Christ.
Have you ever had a time where you faced something and were afraid of what you had to go through? Did you find your outlook changed when you gave that circumstance over to God?