Be Strong

Everybody knows the story of Moses, leading the children of Israel out of Egypt and passing through the Red Sea. They didn’t even get one strand of hair wet.  And, they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years; with dirt, heat, scorpions, and more dirt.  Can you even imagine walking in the desert for forty years?  Anyway, I digress.

After the forty years, God took Moses up to Mount Nebo and showed him the land that He promised his forefather Abraham.  Everything Moses’ eyes observed was the land that the children of Israel would eventually possess. But Moses would NOT live to see that day. Another man was called to finish the journey that began in Egypt.

 In Deuteronomy 31:14, God told Moses, “Call Joshua and present yourselves at the tent of meeting, where I will commission him.” Imagine the shoes Joshua had to fill.

Moses, who lived in Pharaoh’s house, was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, and who lived in the wilderness, not one time but two times for forty-years.  He saw God in the burning bush, and wrote the Ten Commandments.  I would imagine Joshua was scared.

Knowing that this was a big task for Joshua, God told him, in Joshua 1:6, “Be Strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”

In Joshua 1:7, “Be strong and very courageous.” And in Joshua 1:9, “Be Strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

This had to be reassuring to Joshua. God spoke to him three times and said, “Be strong and courageous.”  God promised Joshua, “…the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

We can believe this truth too. No matter what you’re facing we can “be strong”. Wherever we go, whatever we do and no matter what task we face, God is with us.

I’m feeling strong right now, how about you?

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