I love to hear stories of courage, always hoping that I will find a little extra smidgen of courage inside myself. This story is about the courage of the Biblical character we know as Joshua. He had an enormous task ahead of him, just as we do at times.
So as the story unfolds, the Lord appoints Joshua to succeed the great leader Moses. It is a daunting appointment for Joshua, but God promises to help Joshua make the treacherous crossing over the Jordan.
Arise, go over Jordan.
It just so happens that at this place and at this time, the banks were overflowing. The crossing would be difficult. Joshua had no bridge or boats, and yet he had to believe that God, having ordered the people to cross over, would make a way. The Scripture passage gives Joshua instructions for success:
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. – Joshua 1:7-9 New International Version (NIV)
Being strong and courageous also applies to us, especially during those huge life challenges we face from time to time. In such times of life, I like to lean on these words.
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. – Deuteronomy 31:6