"Be strong and courageous." Four times these words are repeated in the first chapter of Joshua. That can only mean one thing, Joshua was afraid. He needed the encouragement. But when you think about it, how strange, if anybody could be expected to show courage, it would have been Joshua. After all, he was the youngest general in the Israelite army, which says it all. He and Caleb were the only spies who came back with a positive report after their expedition to the Promised Land. While the other ten spies were full of fear, Joshua and Caleb were full of faith and courage.
But now fear seems to have caught up with Joshua. Yet it is not fear of man that bothers him. Neither is it fear of danger, or fear to enter into battle. Joshua is frightened by the enormous spiritual responsibility which rests upon his shoulders, to take the people of Israel to the Promised Land is not a small thing. This responsibility intimidates Joshua. Such a task frightens him. That is why the Lord encourages him over and over again by telling him, "The Lord your God will be with you!"
Then no wall proves to be too high and no giant too strong.
Are there similar walls and giants in your life? Do you feel small and weak like Joshua did? Today the Lord is saying to you, "be strong and courageous, for I, the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
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Day by Day with the Persecuted Church
compiled by Jan Pit with a forward by Brother Andrew (paperback, revised 2000)
Compelling wisdom from the pen of actual believers living amidst persecution, you'll be connected to the suffering, courage, and depth of life that exists in the harshest places in the world. Each of these 365 thought-provoking devotions will deepen your understanding of Christian persecution and provoke you to pray for our brothers and sisters with a new found depth.