Nothing supersedes faith (Hebrews 11:6). However, we must put faith into action in a sinful and obstinate world. Obstacles face us at every turn and we must have the courage to persevere.
No one will be able to banish all worry and fear from their lives because no matter how devoted we are as Christians, we’re still human.
Even Jesus wished to avoid the pain and agony of the crucifixion (Luke 22:41-44).
Worry isn’t inherently sinful. It becomes dangerous when it displaces God in our hearts and minds (Matthew 6:25-34).
God acts in his own time and methods to accomplish the larger goals he has in mind (2 Samuel 10:12). We’re all important to the Lord but his plan is always first (Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 15:24; James 4:15).
A firefighter that rushes into a fire or a solider onto the battlefield are in no way immune to fear. Nevertheless they persevere because of their commitment to something larger than themselves.
When Moses died, the responsibility of leadership passed to Joshua and in God’s instructions, we see the breadth of the courage and resolve we need as Christians.
While Joshua’s situation may differ from ours, we still find much to inspire us from the text.
God tells Joshua that the promised land is theirs and that God wouldn’t leave him (Joshua 1:1-5). He says the same to us (John 14:1-6; Hebrews 13:5). He kept his word to Joshua and will to us, as well (Titus 1:2).
Nevertheless, despite the promise of presence, provision and guidance, God tells Joshua repeatedly to be strong and resolute.
God says to Joshua:
“Be strong and of good courage” (1:6, NKJV).
“…be strong and very courageous” (1:7).
“Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed” (1:9).
Repeatedly, he assures and encourages the brave Joshua to be courageous. That is important to each of us.
Despite the Lord’s word, will, way and presence, we must still be “very courageous” against our enemies (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:10-17; 1 Corinthians 16:13).