staff meeting notes by Nhlaka compiled by S. Mahabeer.
“…No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success [a] wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1: 5- 9 ESV
In this piece of Scripture, we witness God telling Joshua to prepare to go and take over the land of Canaan. Furthermore, God promises that He will be with Joshua “as I was with Moses” (v. 5), and He admonishes him to be “strong and very courageous”(v.7), as well as to “meditate on the Word day and night” (v.8).
Let’s take a moment to remember that who is speaking is not a mere man that cannot be trusted and who may break his word – this is Almighty God. This is God who keeps His promises, God who is true to His Word, God who can be trusted.
God’s words are a BIG deal.
Did anyone notice that these words don’t contain any promises of no challenges? However, there is a promise that God will be with Joshua.
“I will not leave you or forsake you.” Joshua 1: 5
Let’s face it- there will be things coming against us and we will face challenges in life, but we have the promise of God that He will be there with us. And, therefore, we need to be strong and courageous (v.7). In fact, God encourages us to “be strong and VERY courageous”(v.8).
Verse 8 tells us that “this Book of the Law (God’s Word) shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night…” John 1:1 states “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus is the Word of God. He is the Word come to life.
We need the Word of God in us.
Without it, we are unable to stand against whatever trials we may face. We need Jesus.
As we meditate on God’s Word daily, it becomes a part of us.
It becomes our shield and it becomes our sword with which we can deflect the arrows of the enemy.
We speak and we stand by the Word.
We speak by the Word and bring life by the Word. None of this is because of us, but because of Jesus who is the Word.
Courage comes from Christ and from meditating on the Word of God.
When God speaks, we respond.
In Joshua 6, God speaks to Joshua and the Israelites. He commands them to walk around Jericho every day for seven days, and they respond in faith and do exactly that. God’s command may not have made sense to them, but they believed He would give them the city.
So, after they had walked around Jericho’s walls for the seventh time on the seventh day, they witnessed the impossible become possible. God brought those seemingly indestructible walls down.
What God commands us to do may not always make any sense, but we need to trust Him and do it anyway.
God will come through.
We don’t stand because of our abilities, but because we listen to God. God’s kingdom comes, as we walk through the trials in life in faith and courage – no matter what circumstances may arise against us.
So, in ending. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”