Over the last few weeks I have been writing about faith. When I think of strong faith, one person that comes to mind is Joshua. After forty long years in the desert, the time finally came for the Israelites to take over the Promised Land. Moses had died and now Joshua was left in charge. God spoke to Joshua, encouraging him on what was ahead. There were three vital pieces of information in what God said which are still key for us today.
1 – God is with us. In Joshua 1:7, God said, “…I will be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” And in Joshua 1:9, God said, “…the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” This is true for us as well. And it is so important for us to remember, no matter what we are facing. Knowing that our Heavenly Father is by our sides makes a world of difference in how we face each day. Whether it is a good day or a not-so-good day, we can have peace in our hearts when we remember Who is walking with us.
2 – The Bible is essential. The Lord told Joshua, “Be careful to obey all the law… do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:7-8) For us, reading our Bibles is one the single most important things we do. This is not something we should do once in awhile or when we feel like it. This is something we need to do every single day. Just like breathing. It is really THAT important.
3 – Be strong and courageous. God told Joshua three times to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:6,7,9). If God said something three times, he probably wanted Joshua (and us) to pay attention. Whatever we are up against, we too can be strong and courageous. But having points one and two above will help us to be strong and courageous. We have to remember that God is with us and we have to spend time with Him daily. It would be difficult to be strong and courageous without those two factors.
Seeking God wholeheartedly, every single day, will point us in the right direction. This will help us to remember and walk out the three points above. I am so thankful that we have a Heavenly Father who cares for us so very much. He never leaves, and He is by our sides in whatever we are going through.
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