This week in our Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study, Kicking Fear to the Curb we are studying about Joshua and his encounters with God. In order to be courageous we have to refuse to let fear enter our thoughts. I know that is so hard at times – been there, done that and will probably do it again. During those times that my mind starts to wander and the fear creeps in, I have to remind myself of God’s promise in Joshua 1:5 that He will never leave us.
Courage comes in many forms.. Just look back at 9/11 and the firemen and how they rushed into buildings that day or our men and women in the armed forces and how they protect our nation and freedoms 24/7. It can also come in the form of a student who stands up to bullying, a town like mine who just stood up to the Freedom FROM Religion Foundation when they tried to force removal of religious plaques at some of our schools, a woman who has to leave a relationship because of being mistreated, a family who is dealing with a horrible disease, a couple dealing with infertility or the threat of a divorce, finding the courage to change jobs or even put in retirement papers, accepting a position you don’t feel comfortable about but God is calling you, a storm bringing high winds, tornadoes, lightening, or snow, victims of crime standing up in a court room in front of the person who committed it, courage to say no or yes when others tell you different, courage to speak in front of people, and that list goes on and on. What are some examples of courage that you have experienced?
In verse 6 God told Joshua to be strong and courageous. Notice in verse 7 He says “Be strong and very courageous.” And then he reminds them to be careful to obey ALL the law and not to turn from it to the right or to the left if they want to be successful. In verse 8, He tells them to keep the Book of the Law always on their lips. Is this not a perfect reason that we need to be memorizing scripture so that it is always on our lips? Is this not a reason that we should be in daily study of the Word? I think of all the years I’ve wasted not taking time to be in the Word every single day, and all the blessings I have missed. He tells them to mediate on it day and night. Are you mediating on His Word day and night? And then He says to be careful to do everything that is written in it so that you will be prosperous and successful.
Our strength will come from the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. When we are courageous it is and affirmation to God of our faith and trust in Him.
In our study this week as I read about Joshua and his courage, one thing really stuck out to me. God “commanded” Joshua to be strong and courageous. He said “Have I not commanded you.” REMEMBER the next time that fear starts to fill your mind that God has commanded us to be strong and courageous, and He told us DO NOT be afraid or discouraged.