What part of “Do not” do we not get?
“Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
As Christians, we can put our faith and hope in the strangest things. People, pastors, politicians and the stock market. (Sorry. I couldn’t think of a “p” word to describe the stock market.)
I claim to be a person of faith, but my actions and attitudes do not always reflect that I believe what I say I believe. If I’m confused about my beliefs, what do you think those looking from the outside in think? Our lack of faith and misplaced confidence in people and things may be the death of Christianity in years to come.
Think about Joshua. He was handed a huge task. After all, there were giants in the land God promised His people. Giants. GIANTS. If you keep your eyes on the giants, that’s pretty scary and discouraging.
What “giants” have taken over our land? What’s scaring us? As God’s people we can read and apply the words God said to Joshua. “Roni, haven’t I told you to be strong? Haven’t I commanded you to be courageous? DO NOT be afraid or dismayed (discouraged; distressed). I AM with you wherever you go.”
I AM is with me. Wherever I go. Doesn’t sound so scary to me….
NOTE: “I AM” is a name God gave Himself. It isn’t poor grammar. <wink>