LGD 014: Be Strong and Courageous

Man rock climbing with a view to the valley floor

One of my favorite photographers is Jimmy Chin. When I think of death defying climbs and photography – he’s the guy. He was the photographer behind Free Solo.

Man rock climbing with a view to the valley floor

Being courageous can be a small step out of your comfort zone or hanging off the side of a mountain. When it comes to courage, there is no one size fits all.

In today’s scripture, we find Joshua assuming the mantel of leadership for Israel. Moses just died, and the Lord tells Joshua to go into the land that He has promised them.

The Lord tells Joshua,

“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”

Joshua 1:6

Assuming leadership mantels is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes we think we know what to expect when join the ranks of management, but nothing can prepare you for leading, especially in a time of crisis like we see during COVID-19.

Again, the Lord told Joshua,

“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.”

Joshua 1:7

The Lord reminds Joshua (and us) to follow the law He gave. Success will accompany you, however, the Lord did not say that it was going to be easy.

For us, leading will have it’s successes, but it will often have hardships and failures. I have personally walked a tough road while leading, but as I look back on those experiences, I could see God accompanying me.

Again, the Lord says to Joshua,

“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.”

Joshua 1:8

As leaders, we are watched more carefully. The Lord tells Joshua to meditate on His Word day and night. We need that same advice. Let it live and breath in you. Let it flow from your mouth.

I used to coach a high school girl’s cross country team. During one of the races, I had an athlete collapse due to an unknown illness. While we waited for the paramedics, she was quoting scripture – it just rolled off of her tongue.

When we hide God’s Word in our hearts, it rolls off of our tongue when we encounter crisis moments.

Once again, the Lord says to Joshua, now a bit more forceful,

“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.”

Joshua 1:9

And there it is, the battle cry personified, the Lord will be with you wherever you go. Be strong and courageous.

As world economies begin to open up from this global pandemic, the Lord is with us. He has been with us throughout this crisis. He is telling us to be strong and courageous.

Go out and live courageously!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for this glorious day. Help me to write your words on my heart so I can be a living, breathing testimony of who you are especially as we continue through this health crisis. Help me to be strong and courageous today. Amen!

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I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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