This is a familiar verse for some of us. What jumps out to me, though, is the first sentence: “Have I not commanded you?”
I must admit to sometimes viewing God’s instructions as suggestions to ponder, rather than commands to be obeyed. I can be prone to anxious thinking, and so the distance between the contentment I experience in the Lord and fear and dismay (usually stemming from my feelings and fear-based thoughts) can be quite short at times.
And yet the Lord’s command — if it was good for Joshua, it’s surely still spot-on for me as well — is to do the very opposite of being afraid and dismayed: “Be strong and courageous.” Why? Well, the answer is pretty straightforward: “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
What a reminder! In my comings and goings, God is with me. When things are hard, God is with me. And when I feel alone, He is present with me even in my solitude. These truths bring comfort, but I’ll be the first to admit that I still have a ways to go before I arrive at “strong and courageous”. However, little by little and day by day, progress is being made — and this is a good thing.
What do you think of this directive from God? And how are you doing on the “strong and courageous” front?