Written By: AnnMarie Alva
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
How many times, as a Christian, do we seek God for guidance? Hopefully, it’s daily. But there are those times when we absolutely need a break through. We labor in prayer for any sign that God is out there, listening and dispatching His aid.
How often is it that we receive an answer, but don’t understand it or can’t see how it will come to pass? We tend to allow doubt and fear to latch on, causing us to make our own decisions and often, mistakes. Or, we take that leap of faith and when complications arise, we worry that God has abandoned us.
The Lord asks, “Have I not commanded you?…” (Joshua 1:9).
Here, we see that the Lord is taking the position of authority and thus takes responsibility when we submit to His will.
The passage continues…
“… Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed…”
God knows, in His infinite wisdom, the inner workings of the human condition; that fear is our natural response to the unknown. Yet, when God takes control of a situation it is our duty to relinquish that control and the outcome to Him alone. For many, myself included, that is a very scary thing… at first.
He reminds us that we needn’t allow our own fears to get in the way of what He has planned. And at the end of the verse, He lovingly assures us:
“…for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
If we listen to God’s commands and hold fast to His will, He is faithful to bring us through.
The faithfulness of God is vast, complex, and unrelenting; it’s almost self defeating to ever doubt it. When God is in control, regardless of your own understanding, He will carry you through until fruition. Fear, though our immediate reaction, is not a place for us to stay and operate from. It is our cue to cling to God and take Him at His word. For our God is faithful and is with you, wherever you go.