“The LORD will deliver them up before you, and you shall do to them according to all the commandments which I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall give it to them as an inheritance.”
Deuteronomy 31:5-7 NASB
Be strong and courageous
Yesterday, I experienced a little bit of Heaven. It was such a blessing to hear the word of God preached by local pastors to one big church, people of one heart, belonging to One God, all yearning for peace in the storm. My personal worship time started at 6:00 am and ended at 3:00 pm. It was a day of absolute splendor.
God is reminding us that even in this time of overwhelming uncertainty, we are not alone. The children of Israel were nearing the zero hour when they would cross the Jordan into the promised land and would face the enemies standing between them and providence. God used Moses to repeatedly encourage them.
I am so thankful for His word as I am finding that God had this moment in His mind when He prompted me to begin my reading plan early. I usually start my annual read through near the first of the year, but in my eagerness, I started early. Little did I know how much I would need these passages right now. He knew!
In His foreknowledge, I have great confidence and peace. I am reminded daily that this is in His hands. I need to be reminded daily, as we are in the beginning of this journey. I finally turned my radio on to something more positive. I like to have something playing in the background when I sleep. Often it is the scanner, sometimes it is a local radio station that does news and talk. Lately, I listened to the BBC. The airwaves are filled with the virus causing me to awake to a deeper than normal sense of woe. Last night I put on my KWAVE app on my phone and listened to Christian music and sermons.
I awoke more centered and less concerned with the matters at hand. God’s word is full of the reminders that we need. As I have said before , this is going to go in for awhile, and there is a need for endurance. We will need to abide in the Lord each day. He will give us enough.
One good thing about the situation that we are in, is that we have the opportunity to have Sunday everyday. There is literally a world full of worship services from yesterday. Imagine, preachers of the word filling our hearts and minds with reminders of God’s faithfulness!
I ended my day feeling confident that God will go before us in this time of uncertainty and that His faithfulness is certain.
As Moses exhorted Joshua, we must be strong and courageous. Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us. I can attest to that. He is faithful!
Believers, let’s tell the world of His faithfulness, and use every opportunity to share our faith with those who do not know Him. This is a great window of opportunity that the Lord has given us. We must use it because souls are at stake.
Never has humanity perceived the hair width divide between life and eternity. People feel the danger and hearts are open.
Go into this day of quarantine with the confidence that God is in there with you. We are like the youths in the fiery furnace and Jesus is right there amidst the flames. Be strong!
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.””
Joshua 1:9 NASB
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