Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.
— Joshua 1:7 —
Aleksey K. | Russia
Today many people talk of strength and courage, but in practice, strength becomes cruelty and courage becomes brutality. As incorrect as these notions are, we need to orient ourselves to the Bible and what it says strength and courage are. After Moses’ death, Joshua was to lead the people of Israel. Here God commanded him to be strong and courageous. This command was given three times in the first chapter alone. Hear the Lord’s appeal from the pages of the book of Joshua—be strong and courageous. How interesting when we remember that Joshua was not one of the ten fearful spies and that he faced death on more than one occasion; however, God considered it necessary to give him this command. A great task stood before Joshua that demanded greater strength and courage. Where was this strength and courage to be found? From God’s word. Joshua was to carefully keep the commandments, without turning to the right or the left. If a man has this kind of relationship to the Scripture, he will find strength from God and courage to face whatever circumstances or trials come. Truth is, it’s not easy to be courageous while overcoming temptations and experiencing pain. It’s difficult to find the strength to hold to your beliefs, to be tender in your relationships with other people, and to endure hurtful behaviors while being willing to forgive. Hear the Lord’s appeal from the pages of the book of Joshua—be strong and courageous.