These words..always so powerful.
A little context … (Joshua 1) ..verses 3-9 below
After Moses died, God spoke to Joshua (Moses’ assistant) saying:
3I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— 4from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Seaa in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ 5No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.
6“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. 8Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Wow. These words. Such encouragement .. to know that the Lord has your back. That He is calling us to rise up… to be ourselves…to grow in HIm. To be more like Him! And even in all our imperfections, He will watch over us.
God gives us instructions.
God gave instructions to Joshua (and us likewise) saying … obey the words of Moses … Moses had been God’s spokesperson and appointed leader. He had walked obediently. Joshua was being told to be obedient to those words. In the same manner, we are to be obedient to God’s Word.
Later we read in Matthew 22, how Jesus was questioned about the most important thing for us to do. This is what happened.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 And Jesus replied to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ 40 The whole Law and the [writings of the] Prophets depend on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 (Amplified Version)
If we can do this, there is no question in my mind that God will stand behind us.
Be Strong and Courageous!!