“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be fearful or discouraged, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
War raged as Moses has breathed his last and the mantle of leadership was placed in Joshua’s hands. The ultimate conquest was in motion and it was all up to Joshua to lead his people through the land of giants to conquer the land God had promised to the Israelites many generations before.
The pressure had to be extremely heavy as Joshua and all of Israel had been mourning the loss of their leader, Moses. God gave Joshua a great command: go out and conquer the land of giants. Not only did God command Joshua to go and conquer, but God commanded him to do it with courage and without fear. After all, this land was promised to the Israelites so their destiny was victory.
But they weren’t going to receive all that God had promised them without fighting for it. The enemy stood mighty in appearance, but God was with Joshua everywhere he went. No giant can compare to the might of the Creator. So, Joshua accepted this command and approached the land God promised him with BOLDNESS!
Today, Christians often walk around discouraged and worried, losing the joy and peace God promised us over trivial and temporary problems. It is easy to lose focus on the promised land and set our sights on these “giants” that stand in the way. But can these “giants” stand against the almighty God? Can they stop you from reaching God’s promise to bring you into His presence, to restore you, to uplift you, to give you joy and peace? Not if the Spirit of God dwells in you. Not if you go into battle equipped with the full armour of God. Not if you resolve to persevere through all struggles and stand with boldness, knowing that God will not fail.
God has called you to stand against the current of this world and its ways with boldness! To go out into the world and share the good news that Christ is risen and our sins have been washed away by the blood that was spilled on the cross! God has promised great things for all of us; all we have to do is stay strong in Christ, be courageous and be bold! Don’t be afraid! You are a mighty conqueror in Christ! A warrior for the undefeatable Kingdom of God!
— Caleb Pratt
Take time to reflect on all that God has done thus far in your life. Then take a moment to ponder on what great things that lie ahead of you. What is holding you back from grabbing hold of God’s promises for you? Make the choice to be bold and overcome those obstacles!