“Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
– Joshua 1:9
I bet you’ve heard this verse numerous times. It is probably the most quoted verse from Joshua. But did you know that in chapter 1, we were told to be strong and courageous a total of four times? It is mentioned in verses 6, 7, 9, and 18. In the Bible, whenever something is mentioned once, you should pay attention. When God says something twice, you had better write it down because it’s super important. But this was stated four times. If God told us to be strong and courageous four times in a chapter (one that’s only 18 verses long), don’t you think we should follow this? (Do a search of the Bible. “Strong and courage” is found 10 more times).
When this was told to Joshua, God was sending him to conquer every inch of land “[f]rom the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.” (Joshua 1:4). Joshua and his men had a large task ahead of them. But four times God told them to be strong, courageous, and unafraid.
Honestly, this world is a mess. There is so much turmoil, hatred, and pain running rampant right now. It can be really easy to look at what is going on and become dismayed – how will we ever fix it? It can also be easy to become scared of everything in the world… people are still panicking over a virus that is invisible to the naked eye. God tells us to not be afraid, or dismayed at what’s going on. He tells us to be strong and of a good courage.
We need to remind ourselves of this. If you are a child of God, you don’t need to be afraid of what this world holds. Challenge yourself to be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid, and don’t let anything going on in this world get you down either. There’s no reason to be dismayed. Remember the last part of Joshua 1:9. God will never leave us. He is with us wherever we go.
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Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version.