Be Strong and Courageous (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 89)
Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Being strong and courageous is not a feeling. In fact, there will be many more times we won’t feel strong or courageous than we actually will. God has commanded us to be this way in spite of difficulties and challenges we face. When God commands, charges, or calls us to do something, He offers the strength, courage, and confidence to do it.
Coming behind the great leader, Moses, there were times when Joshua felt small or incompetent to carry out the task before him. He was humble in his own abilities but trusted God’s ability more. He believed in God’s power and promise even when the path before Him seemed dry and uninviting. This command is repeated over and over again in the Bible: be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or discouraged. God didn’t want Joshua to allow His own inabilities and shortcomings to keep Him from entering the Promised Land.
As God was with Moses and Joshua, God is with me and you today. He commands us and challenges us to trust Him at every opportunity. We can be strong and courageous because God has equipped us to be such. He will never send us into a battle that we cannot handle. He will never allow us to walk through a storm alone because He is with us wherever we go. If we keep our eye on God, He emboldens us to face the darkest and dreariest of days.
Believe God is who He says He is. Trust the fact that God will do what He says He will do. God didn’t create us to be timid or to live in fear. Quiet the voice of doubt and unbelief in your mind and heart by telling yourself you can be strong and courageous because God has not and will not leave your side. God’s blessings are often found on the other side of our bravery. Put your faith in the Lord, let His strength and courage overtake you, and accomplish the great things He has set in your path.
“Courage is not the absence of fear. It’s the will to persevere even in the face of fear.”
— Christine Caine