Joshua: A 14 day devotional- DAY 11

Day 11 “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)

“Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you.”  By all accounts, Joshua (and Caleb) were the bravest of all the Israelites.  Yet, even these courageous warriors and men of God were vulnerable to experiencing moments of fear, doubt and discouragement.  Whenever you find yourself in those moments, you must be reminded of the reality that “God is with you” (Immanuel).  I know that in my life I have to stop and remember this fact and I have to take time to remember that God is not only “with” me, but He is also “for” me.  If God is “for us” than who or what can be against us?  As we meditate on that truth, we find that in the inner recesses of our soul that there remains a reservoir of courage that begins to flood our spirit again.  The reality of the presence of God in our lives is the well from which our courage to face difficult situations springs up in our lives.

  1. Reflect on the truth that God is “with you” today. How does that change the way you face your fears?
  2. Reflect on the truth that God is “for you” today. How does that change the way you face your foes?