There are times and events in life we’d like to fast forward over...
- the devastating cancer diagnosis,
- the hard conversation at work, or with a spouse,
- the breakdown of a marriage,
- the loss of a loved one
The thought of any of these is enough to tie your stomach in a series of knots so tight you'd be awarded your Boy Scout Knot Merit Badge.
As I write this I’m faced with the unenviable task of a tough conversation at work. It’s a black cloud on the horizon of tomorrow.
But throughout this week, I’ve been reading the book of Joshua and one overarching theme has come through.
I’ve lost count of the number of times the following words appear in some format…
BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. DO NOT BE AFRAID. GOD WILL BE WITH YOU AND WILL NEVER FORSAKE YOU.
The first instance of the words, “be strong and courageous” appears in Joshua 1:6, it repeats in verse 7, and again in verse 9 and verse 18.
The Israelites are faced with many challenges as they move into the Promised Land. It would be easy to let fear over take them, and yet over, and over again Joshua reminds the nation…
“Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged…be strong and courageous…”
This is a good reminder for all of us. God is with us and will see us through the dreaded black clouds of life. Pray for His divine strength and courage today.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
Where do you need to be strong and courageous in your life?
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