"Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." - Deuteronomy 31:6
Does life at times seem to be difficult and discouraging? I'm sure that Joshua was feeling that very way here in Deuteronomy chapter 31. Moses, their leader, is about to die and it is now time for Joshua to step up to the plate and lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. This would require courage and faith on Joshua's part because now he was the one leading instead of just following.
As Christians, we are able to live "courageously" because the ultimate battle was fought and already won at Calvary. Just like in the Old Testament when the children sent spies into the land to check it out, they did not need to fear, because God had already promised them that He would go before them and give them the victory. However, most of us in our walk with Christ fall prey to fear just like ten of the twelve spies did. The answer to our fears is to trust God and His Word. If He has promised us something, then we have no reason to doubt or fear, we can be bold and courageous.
Before I finish, I would like to mention that the month of January at Fairystone Baptist Church will be "Courageous Month." We will be having special messages in our Sunday evening services during the month of January. Then on Saturday January 21 we will be showing the movie Courageous at the church. I pray that, just like Joshua, the Lord will give us the strength to be courageous.
Prayer For Today:
Lord, may I turn to you for courage and strength as Joshua did. I know that You are always with me and will never forsake me. Lord, help me to face the challenges of this day by completely trusting in and depending on You. In Jesus name, Amen!