Be strong and courageous...The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:6, 9 NIV
Moses had died and Joshua was now tasked with leading the Hebrews. What a responsibility! In the first nine verses of Joshua 1, God exhorts Joshua three times to be strong and courageous. God knew that Joshua would be confronted with many challenges and He wanted Joshua to keep his focus. Joshua was instructed to follow the teachings of the law, and to remember that God had promised to protect and prosper the Hebrews, but only if they walked in God’s path.
It takes strength of character to not float down the river of least resistance by giving in to our natural greed and pride. It takes courage to stand up for God’s commandments. As a new year begins, I’m asking God to give me the strength and courage I need to walk a godly life that is worthy of his name. I will need to remember God’s promise that He is with me every step of the way. And that his way is the way of perfect love.