“Have not I 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.” Joshua 1:9.
Moses must have been a hard act to follow!
In the first chapter of Joshua, the young leader is told repeatedly to shape up and stand tall.
The reason given is simply that God will be with you wherever you go. It’s the promise of his reassuring presence.
But there’s an interesting contrast in the verse, between being strong and courageous and being afraid and dismayed. These are opposing forces in our lives. Are your choices and behaviour characterised by courage, trust and faith or by guilt and anxiety?
The word “apprehension” means “to anticipate with anxiety.” Do have any apprehensions about the future? Do the problems facing you seem daunting, intimidating or discouraging? If so, you are “dismayed.” Your courage will rise only in the presence of the King.
There’s a half-remembered poem in my mind. Kipling, maybe. “We have a captain, and the hearts of every private man, have drunk in valour from his eyes since e’er this war began.”
Don’t be afraid, neither be dismayed. Keep your eyes on your captain and follow his lead.
Let the adventure begin! “Have I not commanded you?”