"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
I know I have read this verse over the years, but recently it has been everywhere around me. First, it is in the movie Courageous, which I am so excited about this movie being released because my husband and I are actually PLANNING a date night! That never happens.
Secondly, this verse is part of my Community Bible Study - Servants of God study, that I am currently attending. Not only do I study it in my adult Bible study, but I am also studying it with my oldest son in his Bible study. It is such a joy to be studying the same scriptures with my son.
Within the past few days, I have had different emails and blog posts put in front of me, from people I don't even know, and they all had Joshua 1:9 as the foundation of the message.
Seeing all of these instances around me where this verse is being brought to me made me really think about this verse and if I truly believe what it says. Do I live like I know that it is true?
Be strong and of good courage - Am I strong and courageous for God? How often do I think I am too weak to do God's work?
Do not be afraid - How often am I fearful? Do I let that fear keep me from doing what God wants me to do?
Nor be dismayed - am I filled with apprehension? Do I let that apprehension keep me from doing what God wants me to do?
For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go - Do I live like I know this is true?
I am not a strong person, I am weak. I am not a courageous person, I often lack confidence. I do have fears and apprehensions. And, unfortunately, I do not always remember that God is with me wherever I go.
The reason I am weak, not of good courage, fearful and apprehensive is because I often forget, or more honestly, I think I am undeserving of God being with me wherever I go.
But I am not!
God loves me. God is with me. He never leaves me, even when I leave Him. He ALWAYS forgives me. He ALWAYS wants what is best for me. He wants to use me to do His work. He wants me!
I can't comprehend that kind of love for me. I didn't grow up with that kind of love. I didn't grow up thinking I was anything special.
But I am!
God made each of us special.
God has a plan for my life. He wants to bless my life.
I need to not let Satan fill my head with insecurities. I need to not believe that I am not good enough, strong enough or courageous enough.
God has a plan for me. I must be strong and courageous. I must not fear. I must not be apprehensive. He is with me wherever I go.