We were made to be courageous. Yet, in our fallen world, we are not courageous. It is easy to justify worry and fear in today’s world. Yet there is just one thing that we need to do in order to overcome fear and worry and live courageous lives- no matter what God ask you to do. Today, as we look at Joshua chapter 1 – we will see that one thing very clearly.
When Fear Comes- Be Courageous
As the book of Joshua opens, the Israelite people are camped on the east bank of the Jordan River, right along the edge of the Promised Land. They are mourning the loss of Moses, who had been their leader. They had gained new leadership in Joshua. They knew they were about to go in and conquer the land. By the world’s standard- they had a right to be fearful.
Then, there is Joshua. Joshua had just lost his leader, mentor, and friend. He was put in charge of two million people. They were in a strange land, and they were going to conquer it. It was a big task that was before Him – and Joshua, in the world’s view- had a right to be scared!
Yet, God had other words for Joshua. Instead of living in fear, God calls Joshua to be courageous.
We, too, have been called to be courageous.
No, we might not be called to lead two million people. We might not be called to live in a new land or to conquer new territory. Yet, we have been called to live for Christ. We have been called to live different than the world around us.
Fear is going to come – but in the face of fear, we have a tool that helps us stand courageously.
Courage Requires a Sword
One of the most quoted verses of scripture is found in Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be firghtened or dismayed. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Yet, one thing I love about God’s Word is how it fits together. Context is key in studying scripture – and Joshua 1:9 is not as powerful without Joshua 1:8-
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written within.
We go from a verse talking about God’s Word to a verse about living courageously. That is the key to courageous living. Living the Word of God.
It takes more than just a casual relationship with the Word of God in order to live courageously. It takes a day in, day out, passionate relationship with the Word. It requires us to open God’s Word for ourselves, seven days a week.
Where do we begin with having this deep relationship with God through His Word? It starts with personal, daily quiet time. It is so vital to your relationship with God. That is why I started the 7 Day Jumpstart Your Quiet Time. It helps people who have never had a quiet time know where to begin – and those who have had a quiet time, get a jump start to get it going again.
The sword you need to be courageous- is the Word of God.
Our Courage is Found in Him
Our courage is found in the Person of Jesus Christ. He has already won the battle- we can courageously trust Him with our lives. As we read His Word, and follow in obedience the Words He has left us- we will find true courage. Not manufactured courage of this world- but a strength that can only be explained by a faith in Jesus Christ.
If you do not know about having a relationship with Jesus Christ, contact me, and I would love to give you more information.
Want to read along with me? I will be doing Facebook Live either on the Worshipful Living Facebook page or in my personal Facebook group – Worshipful Homemaking (which has a lot more than just this Bible study in it!)
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