Courage we need

Joshua 1:9

Hwilderness poolsave I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

There are times we face battles that cause us fear and trepidation.  God asks and commands us to be strong and courageous.  Immediately, I imagine interjecting with,

‘Okay Lord, but did you see Joshua’s muscles?’

or ‘Moses had Aaron, who will you send me out with?’

or ‘Joseph lived in the palace under the King’s protection. Where would you send me?’

Ludicrous and unrealistic.  Sad but true.

Thing is, these Bible greats were simple, weak people with abundant faults and frequent fears.  Moses stuttered  badly, to the point of being incoherent if not inaudible.  Joshua was a young soldier that had to depend entirely on God to finally bring the walls of Jericho down, without arms or battle.  Joseph had nothing else apart from hope, trust and prayer.  They were average people obedient to an extraordinary, living and supernatural God.

As we sat through Bible study this week, this point came across.  Humbled and learning, we take heart in what God has for us.  The battle is on and God is our sole source, our hope, providence, defence, strong tower, Redeemer, Saviour.  In Him alone do we have reason for continued hope, trust and joy.  What are you thoughts on this today?