Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
In more than over 110 times God tells us in His Word, “fear not”. He gives the reason why we should not be afraid: “for I am with you”.
God told Joshua this very thing when Joshua found himself in a challenging situation. When Moses died, God chose Joshua to succeed him. He was tasked to lead the children of Israel to the Promised Land. Joshua was stepping into the shoes of that great prophet of God who struck a rock and water came forth, who prayed and manna fell from heaven, who stretched forth his rod and parted the Red Sea.
The PROMISED LAND was also occupied by giants and it was going to take fierce battle to take possession of it. Moreover, the children of Israel were stubborn and very difficult people to lead. In order to succeed in his new responsibility, God told Joshua, “Be strong and very courageous.” God tells Joshua this again and again. Why? He knows that how we perform has a lot to do with whether we function in faith or fear.
So He commanded him to not be afraid. And God reminded Joshua that He is with him. Joshua got a hold of that revelation and eventually took the people over into the Promised Land. And God is telling you today to “fear not”. He will never leave you. Are you facing a challenging and dreadful situation? Don’t be afraid.
Be bold and very courageous for the Lord is with you in whatever you do and wherever you go.
Prayer: Father, I receive strength in the name of Jesus to overcome the spirit of fear and timidity. Scriptural Reading: Joshua 1:1-9