2014-07-12 - Be Strong & Courageous
"Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their forefathers to give them." Genesis 31:7
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Genesis 31:8
God had told Moses that he would not lead the Hebrew people into the Promised Land. Moses would die within sight of the his goal. Instead, Joshua, Moses' trusted aide, would take the people into Canaan. Joshua had big shoes to fill. Moses had been their leader for over 40 years. Moses had confronted the Pharoah, while the Hebrew people were enslaved in Egypt. Moses had gone onto the mountain, to receive the Ten Commandments from God. Moses had provided leadership for the people, for 40 years in the desert. Now Moses was giving Joshua his final instructions. Joshua must have felt overwhelmed. Moses assured Joshua that he would not be alone. God would be with him.
What are you facing today? Job loss, illness, or the death of a loved one are just a few of the events that may be discouraging you or causing you to fear the future or the unknown. Just like Joshua, God is with us now. He will be with us and will never leave us. "Be strong and courageous."
Richard Moser, Jr
All verses are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.