Joshua: A 14 day devotional- DAY 10

Day 10 “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you.  Do not turn away from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.  This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.  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 1:7-9)

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.” God commands us to be strong and courageous!  This is not a pep-rally in which God is hoping He might get Joshua psyched up, but a COMMAND.  A command with the same weight as, “Do not murder,” or “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.”  It is not optional and it is not limited to Joshua.  God commands all of us (who are leaders in our own area of influence) to “be strong and courageous.”  What if each of us were to take this command seriously?  Would our churches be different?  Our schools?  Our towns?  Our nation?  As believers, our strength and courage should cause us to stand out and draw unbelievers to God.  There is a generation of young people today who are lost, hurting, and scared that are looking for someone in this world to show them how to be strong and courageous in the midst of their world that is crashing around them.  Are we as believers promoting a spirit of fear (fear of the world, evil influences, Satan) or one of “power, love, and self-discipline?”  (2 Timothy 1:7)  When faced with the unfamiliar and overwhelming aspects of life, our natural response is to hide in fear. However, when we people see someone with true God-inspired courage and strength they are drawn to it and will follow.

  1. How is God COMMANDING you to be “strong and courageous” today at work or school or with friends and family?
  2. Will you commit to “be strong and courageous” no matter what it costs you today? Remember that God has not given you “a spirit of fear.”