A Short Devotion from Reasons for Hope*Jesus

Bible Bites Archive | Sign up for our resources

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

FOUR times in one chapter, Joshua is told to “be strong and of good courage”. In 18 verses, we as well as Joshua are reminded to be strong and courageous. What’s going on here? The context is, Moses has just died and God was calling a successor, a faithful man and the next leader to take the children of Israel into their Promised Land. He was to divide the land, drive out the inhabitants and lead each tribe to possess their inheritance. Simple right?

Be Strong and of Good Courage

The first “be strong and courageous” is when God called Joshua to leadership; God had an assignment for Joshua, he is now to step up and be a courageous leader, to divide, conquer and possess the land. God reminds Joshua that He will not leave him nor forsake him. This promise is enough to give Joshua the courage for the task at hand. (Joshua 1:6)

The second “be strong and courageous to observe and do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded”. These were the commandments of God given to the people of God that they may live His way. These commandments were attached with blessings. If they lived and followed God’s ways, they would find favor, riches, and life. (Proverbs 22:4; Joshua 1:7)

The third “be strong and courageous” quickly follows the second as a continuation of obey my commands, meditate on them day and night and your ways will be prosperous and you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8-9)

The fourth “be strong and of good courage” comes from the leaders of three of the tribes. They agreed to follow Joshua’s leadership, just as they followed Moses. They will now follow their brethren and help them take the land before they returned to theirs. (Joshua 1:12-15) They assure Joshua of their faithful submission to his command and remind him to be strong and courageous. (1:18)

Be Courageous

God is definitely stressing that we are to be courageous. Be courageous in the work I have for you to do. Be courageous in obedience to my ways of doing life. Be courageous in your dedication to Me, meditating on My Word day and night. Be courageous and don’t be afraid because, I, the LORD your God am with you and will give you success for the task at hand.

What is your task at hand? Are you stepping out, remembering He will not leave or forsake you? Are you obeying Him, courageously meditating on His Word day and night? It takes courage to obey God and to live according to His ways and not the ways of our flesh nor the ways of the world. Are you listening to other brothers and sisters as they encourage you in the LORD? Let’s show our courage by our actions. Let’s show that we believe God when He promises to be with us. Let’s not allow fear to stop us. Let’s step out and do what He has called us to do and be what He has called us to be. How can you be brave today?


 

Be Ready Always...

to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15).  When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.

When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.  

By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.

SHARE THE GOSPEL!

(click to read the messages)

Reasons for Hope* Jesus Tracts

Click the Image to Read the Messages on the Tracts


*
*************************

Reasons for Hope* Jesus is a non-profit, donor-supported ministry.

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING REASONS FOR HOPE* JESUS.
A donation of any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated.

Donate to Reasons for Hope* Jesus

**************************

The Top Ten Power of Hope small banner from 2018

  1. JESUS WEPT. Why? And…it’s not the shortest verse in the Bible!
  2. The GATE OF THE YEAR: A Message to a Troubled Nation
  3. TWO WOMEN—Two Stories—Two Songs
  4. LAUGHTER is the Best Medicine” Who Said That?
  5. The WIZARD OF OZ and God
  6. Following the Good, Great, and Chief SHEPHERD
  7. The best EULOGY to remember a father!
  8. ISRAEL Celebrates 70 YEARS As A Nation & the Significance for Christians
  9. HELLO DARKNESS, My Old Friend: The Sounds of Silence
  10. CHARLIE BROWN THEOLOGY

Our Ministry’s Two Favorite Articles from 2018:
Facing Terminal Cancer with Hope & Joy
When the Battle is Lost but the Victory is Won — Saying Goodbye to a Friend

The Top Ten Got Questions small banner from 2018

  1. The Meaning of NUMBERS in the Bible?
  2. The Meaning of COLORS in the Bible?
  3. Is my TATTOOa sin?
  4. What do the 12 stones UNDER the JORDANRiver mean? (Joshua 4)
  5. What Does It Mean toTASTE & SEE That God Is Good? (Psalm 34)
  6. Where did OT Saints go at death?ABRAHAM’S BOSOM? Where was that?
  7. Why Does the LGBT Use God’s Rainbow For Its Flag?
  8. Should we call HIS NAME Jesus?Or Yahweh?Or Yeshua?
  9. Jesus said, I NEVER KNEW YOU. Why?
  10. CanJEWS go to HEAVENwithout knowing Jesus?

Other Popular Questions:

Receive articles like this in your inbox. subscribe_button2

Share with Friends:

SubscribeNow!

Yes, send me answers to interesting and challenging questions about Jesus and the Bible.  Help me get equipped and be encouraged so I am empowered to know, live, and share my faith.  <*}}}><

 

Get equipped with knowledge!

Be encouraged in hope!

Live empowered with love! 

You have Successfully Subscribed!