by David Woods
One of my personal challenges this year has simply been to be courageous. In Joshua 1, we read how Joshua succeeded Moses as the leader of the Israelites. God intended for Joshua to lead his people into Canaan.
Joshua had tried to do this once before. Thirty-eight years before Joshua and 11 other spies had gone throughout Canaan to see the land God had promised the Israelites. These spies had found a good land, producing bountiful harvests. But they also saw giants. Ten of the spies gave a bad report. Joshua and Caleb tried to persuade the people to trust God for victory, but the people were too frightened. God punished the Israelites for their disbelief as they wandered in the desert for the next 38 years.
Now, 40 years after God had delivered the people from slavery in Egypt, it was time again to enter the Promised Land. What was God’s command to Joshua. Repeatedly in this chapter God said, “Be strong and courageous.”
Similarly, I have felt God’s challenge as an individual and as pastor of Herriman Chapel this year to be courageous. It takes courage to live for God when the world chooses the easy way of sin. It takes courage to serve God in faith when surrounded by challenges and giants of despair. But through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can overcome if we demonstrate faith through courage.
Will you also be strong and courageous for God?