~ My thought for today~
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 ESV)
This is about your ability. Paul says: be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10). In another place he said: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
Being courageous for Joshua is that he should have audacity; he should be able to take the initiative. To be courageous means that it doesn’t matter how ferocious the enemy is, you are fully focused on the fact that you will defeat them and you are preoccupied with that thought and nothing else. The call for courage is to have a sense of superiority to the opposition. Joshua was to approach a war situation saying: these people are cheap for us to tackle regardless of their clout, ammunition, experience and number.
David was courageous. At a very young age he didn’t think much about bringing down and cutting off the head of Goliath, a giant (1Samuel 17). Before he tackled him, he predicted that day would be Goliath’s last on the earth. That was courage. It was a new situation for him but he has a sense of superiority to the situation. He had a strong consciousness of the presence of God. That was why.
Courage helps you to tackle problems that you are unaccustomed to. It is the attitude that does not permit failure as an option in the thought process.
Be not frightened
“Fear not, I am with you (Isaiah 41:10),” was the charge of God to his people. While fear wants to hold you down, faith wants to move you on. While fear wants to bind you, faith wants to free you, while fear seeks to confuse you, faith seeks to clear your thought processes.
Be not dismayed
That means: do not be confused. Don’t allow yourself to wonder if God is with you or not (God is with you); if the best will happen or not (the best will happen), if things are going to work out or not (it will work out); if victory is assured or not (it is assured). Joshua was supposed to move with confidence, having it clear in his mind that since God is for him, the battle is a non issue (Romans 8:31-32). Joshua was never to feel overwhelmed by any situation. He should stand in the stead of God on this earth and be who God wants him to be. So should we.
Dear Lord, today, please help us to be strong and courageous like Joshua and David. Be the perfect strength in our weaknesses. The battle is yours, not ours. You already fought all of our battles on the cross for us and you already won the victory on our behalf. Thank you for our victor’s crown. For that we give you glory, honor and praise. In Jesus’ Name!