The Reason for our Strength

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 withersoever thou goest.

Joshua 1:9

This verse was mentioned in a message at church the other day and a couple of things stuck with me about it.  I’ve been thinking about it lately, so I thought I would write a little about it.

The first thing is obvious: like the Israelites in Joshua’s day, we are commanded to “be strong and of a good courage.”  We are also told not to be dismayed.  Being strong and courageous and not being dismayed are good character traits that Christians need to possess.

But the thing that really struck me is the reason for these things.  I’ve often heard people tell other people to just “toughen up,” or “get over it,” or “be a man,” etc.  But that is not how the Lord deals with us.  He doesn’t just tell us to be strong and courageous and then leave us to try to do it.  He gives us the reason that we should be strong and of good courage: “the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.”  He is with us!  With the eternal and all-powerful God of the universe with us at all times, how can we not be strong and of good courage?

He has promised to “never leave us nor forsake us.”  With that kind of power not only at our disposal, but actually in us, how can we fear?  Our flesh is weak and prone to fear, but we need to remember Who is with us.  We need to remember the source of our strength is the Lord, who has promised to be with us wherever we go!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, I love this thought! He doesn’t leave us to be strong and courageous on our own. He promises to be with us, and with Him by our side strength and courage are with us as well. Peace and Merry Christmas, Linda

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  2. I loved this too! That He doesn’t tell us to deal with it, you big babies! ha! He understands our fears and weaknesses, and so stays with us. How good He is to us! Thank you! deb

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