Our scripture this morning is Joshua 1:8-9.

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. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

The children of Israel are preparing to enter the Promised Land with a new leader. It was likely hard for them and especially hard for Joshua. However, God tells them (and us) “Be strong and courageous.” They were still to follow Him, no matter who was “in charge”.

Joshua had accompanied Moses before and heard God’s voice but now God was speaking directly to him. This is about accepting the call God places on our lives. Like Joshua, we are to spend regular daily time with God, following His guidance and going with confidence.

God gives Joshua and the people His assurance that “the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” As the Bible Knowledge Commentary puts it “God never walks out on His promises.” Jesus reminds us of this at the end of the Great Commission, saying ”And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). We have been commanded to go in His name, but we never go alone.

Heavenly Father, we are often fearful of what the future holds, but You have promised to always be there for us. Help us to trust in Your strength and go in faith. Amen.

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