Do Not be Afraid
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord our God will be with you wherever you go.”
I have known this Bible verse from a very young age. I learned it at Sunday School. We even sang it at our salvation meetings. However, it was not until one ordinary day, where I found myself alone with God, when I realized the words delivered a special and direct message.
After the death of Moses, Joshua was to lead God’s people and take them across the Jordan River and on to the promised land. The task was not easy, but Joshua was assured of having the presence of God with him. This confirmation had to provoke within Joshua security and certainty for God was going to be with him every day and everywhere.
Joshua heard direct and clear commands from God: “be courageous”, “be strong”, “do not be discouraged”, “do not be afraid”. God was not suggesting or giving Joshua an option, much less admonishing. God was ordering, decreeing, Joshua’s spirit, attitude, and heart. God was establishing the way he was to lead and face the commission that lay before him.
Joshua’s assurance was the promise of God’s very presence with him and that had to be enough. God gave him no details of his assignment, but He certainly gave him clear instructions to strive, to be brave, not to be afraid and not to become discouraged.
These same words echo today in your heart and spirit so that you may remember God is the one who says to you, no matter the situation you are facing, or the commission that He has assigned to you, you must be brave and courageous. God goes with you, wherever you go.
by Major Linda Lopez