Daily Life, Encouragement, Monday Meditation, Promises

Learning from Joshua

“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 1:9

I don’t know about you, but I find that the promises of God have an amazing way of lifting your spirit, and this is a great one to meditate on at the start of a new week. Whether your diary is full, empty, or somewhere in-between, there are still going to be moments than you didn’t plan for and moments that take you by surprise. We cannot predict how the week is going to pan out, but of this we can be certain, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua had big shoes to fill, for he was walking in the footsteps of a prophet that Israel would never see the likes of again. He had been with Moses a long time as his assistant; where Moses went, Joshua went, and in being faithful to Moses, he was faithful to God. When the time came for a new leader to be appointed over the people, God chose Joshua.

Joshua knew from experience that the Israelites were not an easy people to lead. He had been on the mountain for the 40 days when the golden calf was being made in the camp. He knew their waywardness and their selfish nature and he knew the times that Moses has pleaded for God’s mercy on their behalf. It is not unrealistic to think that he may have found the task ahead to be a little bit daunting. God, however, being well aware of Joshua’s fears, draws alongside with a great big helping of encouragement. “Have I not commanded you?” In other words – Have I not given you my word and are all my instructions not written down for your guidance? Do I not continue to meet with you every day? I am your strength, Joshua, and I am with you every step of the way, for I go before you.       

Let the Lord encourage you today and let him reassure you that He goes before you in everything. Every morning you can say with confidence, ‘Come what may, I will face this day with courage because I am walking in the strength of the Lord and the promise of his word.’

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