“I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage…”
– Joshua 1:5-6
Notice the sequence of promise to Joshua, God’s assurance was given, then came the action for Joshua to implement. That is the key, isn’t it? You hear the Lord’s promise, and you act on it. How could Joshua be “strong and of good courage” if He did not understand God’s Word first?
As a Christian, strength never depends on you. The Bible does not say in your strength He is strong. Jesus says, “My power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Joshua could never be strong and courageous against the vast enemies he would face on the other side of the Jordan unless God made him this promise first. It was Joshua’s responsibility to recall it to mind.
His promise to you today is the same as it was for Joshua. You are His and have been grafted into the family of the Lord, adopted as a son and daughter. Does the Lord not look at you in love and say, “Hey, I am here, and I’m not going anywhere?” Does He not hold you in His loving arms and remind you that He is in control and will protect you? God has made these promises, yet it is up to you to hear them. And what are the results of this action but strength and good courage!
“Now, as then, we are assured of good success when we fill our hearts and minds with God’s Word and obey it.”
– William MacDonald