Looking at the history of the Israelites, we see that Joshua was one of the men who believed God. He didn't just believe in God, he believed that God was in control and trusted that God would always be with them. This faith resulted in Joshua leading the Israelites into the Promised Land after Moses died. In these verses, we see God's call on Joshua's life to lead the Israelites. When I read these verses, it is such a wonderful reminder to me that when God asks us to do something, He is with us. He doesn't give us something to do and expect us to do it on our own. In fact, I think He gives us things that seem bigger than ourselves because He wants us to remember that we are not doing it on our own, but we are doing it with God. God is doing His amazing work through us.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9, NIV. These are the words God spoke to Joshua as He gave him the call to lead the Israelites. We are going to face situations that seem scary or discouraging to us; however, when we can remember that God is with us no matter what is happening, we can be encouraged. We can be encouraged that it is exactly in those moments when we will get to witness God's power at work. We just need to continually seek God and follow Him.
Do you seek God and trust Him even when the work gets difficult?
This post is linked with Soli Deo Gloria.