Devotional

Be Strong and Courageous

Ready 

"Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." 
-Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Set 

The Israelites had just lost their leader Moses. It had fallen to his second-in-command to take over. Joshua had led before, but never had he been THE man. And on top of that, he was replacing a legendary figure. The expectations would be enormous. Joshua had to have been terrified.
 
Sometimes we find ourselves in over our heads. Fresh out of seminary, I applied for my first campus ministry position expecting to be an associate campus minister. Well into the interviewing process, I was informed that I had been misinformed. If I were hired, I would be THE campus minister. With no real experience and no other offers looming, I accepted the position. I was terrified. Yet, I remained in that position for over 20 years.
 
Four years ago, I was called to a new ministry in a place where I knew no one and had the challenge of taking over a ministry struggling to survive financially. On top of that, during the first semester nearly 200 students became involved. Being the lone staff, I was overwhelmed.
 
What I discovered in both situations is what Joshua discovered--God goes with us wherever we go. He does not abandon us, and He helps us to overcome the challenges that confront us. With the Almighty God with us, we have every reason to be strong and courageous.
 
Today, whatever challenges you may be facing or that are looming just over the horizon, do not be afraid. The Lord will remain by your side.

Go 

1. Have you ever had to replace someone who was highly regarded or stepped into a high-pressure situation? How did you handle that?
2. Are you facing pressure or fear today? What would that look like if it was filtered through your faith?
3. Today, how can you better trust the Lord?

Workout 

Psalm 46:1-2
Psalm 118:6
Isaiah 41:10
2 Timothy 1:7