It’s natural to have some fear or apprehension at the beginning of a new task. We may ask ourselves questions like “What if I don’t know what to do?” or “What if I’m not good enough?” I am sure at some point in life, all of us have had questions like these have come to mind followed by feelings of fear and doubt. I know I sure have.
Joshua 1:9 reminds us, “Be Strong and of Good Courage. Life can be full of challenges, sorrows, and tough decisions. But even amidst hardship, the Lord counsels us to be strong and courageous.”
Joshua had just been told that he would be the one to lead God’s people. What a huge task! We couldn’t blame Joshua for at least having a little fear. But God tells him to be strong and courageous and not to be afraid or discouraged. This encouragement is more than a pep talk! This is God’s promise to Joshua that wherever he goes in the new land that God would bring them into, and however hard the task before him would be, God would always be right there with him.
We face difficulties all the time…at work and school, with our finances and health, with our family and friends. We have many opportunities to be discouraged and afraid. But God’s promise to us is the same as it was to Joshua: God will be with us wherever we go.
And friends…if God is with us, what do we have to fear?