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 1:9 (ESV)
For the past few weeks, I have been going through different situations that I initially would’ve described as isolated events. But as a Christian, I know better, God is sovereign and He is involved in everything, nothing is hidden from Him (Hebrews 4:13). It is easy to adopt a defeatist attitude when we’re being tossed here and there by life’s trials, to feel lesser than when accusations are being made, to crouch under the weight of pain and loss and suffering, to forget easily where our strength is found.
We have those go-to motivational quotes, images, videos, memory verses highlighted in our bibles, that we’ve written on sticky notes or printed on paper and are posted on our walls, fridges, and mirrors; and have little trinkets and symbols here and there to remind us; but then the going gets tough and yes the going GETS TOUGH.
Quitting is not an option, simple as that. It’s not about how you feel, it is a command, there is no middle ground, we have been given a command to not be frightened or dismayed, but rather to be strong and courageous.
PLEASE, don’t get caught up in Bible verses that we turn into slogans to fit our feelings. This verse was an emphasis to verses 6-8 where God stresses the infallibility of holding fast to the word, to meditating on it day and night, to knowing the truth about God’s character, of His fame, of His omnipotence. Once you know who God is, once you have a relationship with Him, as He has commanded, HE the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!