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No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. Joshua 1:5-6 (NIV)
Fear will stop us in our tracks if we let it.
When the time came for the Israelites to enter the promised land, God chose Joshua to lead them. (Joshua 1:1-6)
The scriptures don’t tell us what Joshua thought when God told him to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Leading God’s people was a big deal. I can’t help but wonder if he were afraid of the obstacles he would face? Did he worry about failing? Did he wonder if he was the right man for such an important job?
We may never know whether these thoughts crossed Joshua’s mind or not. What we do know, is that God gave him the reassurance he needed before he began his journey.
God instructed Joshua to obey His word and not turn from it. He promised that He would never leave him or forsake him. He told him not to be afraid or discouraged. And He commanded him to be bold and courageous. (Joshua 1:5-9)
God knew what Joshua and the Israelites would have to face on the road ahead. He saw every obstacle; there would be rivers to cross, lands to conquer, and battles to win. God’s words gave Joshua the strength and courage he needed to complete his task. And with God by his side, he eventually led the Israelites into the Promised Land.
Has God given you the task of starting a new ministry and you’re worried you’ll fail? Perhaps God is leading you to take a job in a new field, and you’re afraid you won’t be good enough. Or maybe He’s calling you to missions, and the unforeseen possibilities have you feeling anxious about going somewhere new.
Whatever step God is asking us to take, let’s remember that the words God spoke to Joshua are for us too.
When God calls us to do something that seems unattainable, we can take comfort in knowing He will be with us. We don’t have to worry about failing. We don’t have to be anxious about the obstacles that lie ahead. We don’t have to wonder if we are good enough to complete the tasks before us. He’s already worked out all of the details.
All we need to do put our trust in Him and take the first step.
Lord, we praise you for the promises in your word. Your word tells us that wherever we go, you are always with us. Please help us to leave the details to you and courageously accept any task you put before us. Thank you that we don’t have to do this in our strength–for you are good to supply us with everything we need to answer your call. In Jesus’ name, we pray Amen!