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Strength and Courage

Acts 8:26-40    Joshua 1-2    Job 21

“Be strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:6,7,9). Three times stated, God to Joshua; once as a command. Moses is dead and Joshua, as his successor, is to lead the people into possession of the promised land. With strength and courage. What, though, is to be the source of this strength and courage? This much we know by now, it would not be found in promises such as this: “Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you”  (Joshua 1:17)!

” . . . I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). Joshua’s strength and courage will be based on the promised presence of the Lord; not in the cooperation of the people, nor in the ease of the task.  As it would be for Joshua, so it was for Philip, who went wherever the Lord led him (Acts 8:26,29,39), and boldly proclaimed Jesus as he went. God with us. This is the true source of strength and courage. To look anywhere else is to seek comfort in “empty nothings” (Job 21:34).

“Careful to act in accordance . . .” (Joshua 1:7,8). Joshua was to act in obedience to God. And Philip went where he was led to go . . . Following the leading and instruction of the Lord is what strength and courage looks like. Doing the next right thing in the midst of difficult circumstances. In the presence of fear. With or without the cooperation of others . . . Even when “the wicked live on” (Job 21:7). May it be so for us. Today. Amen.

“Be strong and courageous;
do not be frightened or dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
     — Joshua 1:9

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