Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Moses had died and Joshua was now the leader of the Israelites. He was the one to lead them across the Jordan river into the land of Canaan. It was not going to be a simple and easy task to do, with over a million people. Yet, God commands him to be strong and courageous because He will be with him.
Fear is an extremely common factor in many people’s lives. It is common for people to fear something. They fear losing a job, a sickness, death, ridicule, persecution, and many other things.
The other thing most people have is discouragement. Things did not go as planned and so they are discouraged. Often people try something over and over, and keep failing. After a time of trying, they start to get discouraged, thinking that they will never be able to accomplish the required task.
As Joshua was leading the people into the land of Canaan, there would be many challenges and setbacks. Many battles would be won, while some would be lost. The challenge of getting across the Jordan River would be faced. The failure of the people or individuals would create problems. It would be easy to get discouraged and start to fear that God’s plan would never happen.
In your life, there has most likely been some serious challenges. In some of those, there has most likely been some failures. It would be easy to start to fear and be discouraged.
Yet, God is with you. As He commanded Joshua to not be afraid or discouraged and to be courageous, God is saying the same things to you today. Jesus said that He would be with you and that He has given you all authority and power. Jesus said to not be afraid.
What are you fearing? God knows what is best for you.
Why are you discouraged? God has plans for you and He is in control.
Are you trusting God’s plans for your life?
Or do you trust your own plans and get discouraged when they don’t work?
I pray today that you will know the plans God has for you; that you will trust God in your life; that God’s love will remove all fear; that you will not be discouraged when God changes your plans; and that God will use you to do great things.