Friday, November 26, 2010

Be Strong and Courageous

It's not too many of who actually hear God speaking to us.  Still, God doesn't change, and good advice is always good advice.  When God put Joshua in charge of the nation of Israel, he gave Joshua some pretty clear instructions.

"Be strong and courageous...Be strong and very courageous.  Be careful to obey all the law...meditate on it...Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:6-9).

Did you ever notice in school that if your instructor says something two or three times that it was going to be on the test?  The same thing is true in Hebrew literature.  Repetition indicates truth and importance.  In these four verses, God tells Joshua to "be strong and courageous" three times.  That's because it's important!

Too many of us just aren't courageous.  We worry a lot.  And, the habit of lacking courage actually makes us weak.  God wants something far better for you and for me.  Has he not commanded us?  Be strong and courageous!

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