Dearly Beloved, I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed. For the Lord Your God is with you wherever you go. “
Joshua was one of the twelve spies who were sent by Moses to explore the land before they could capture Canaan. Both Joshua and Caleb brought good news that they could easily conquer the land. But the other ten spies frightened the people of Israel saying that there were giants in the land and it would be difficult for them to capture the Promised Land. Therefore God blessed Joshua and Caleb. After having wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, Joshua, the newly elected leader was chosen to lead the people of Israel to the land of Canaan, the promised Land flowing with milk and honey. Joshua was a good follower of Moses. Yet to lead a vast number of people needed great courage and mental boldness. So the Lord God of Israel strengthened Joshua by the words given above, so that he would take courage and lead the people to Canaan. God said to Joshua, “Be Strong, and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed. For the Lord Your God is with you wherever you go. “After Joshua was encouraged by the Lord, he boldly led the people of Israel, to the land of Canaan and also distributed the land to each of the tribes of Israel as instructed b Moses.
God who promised Joshua did not forsake him. When the Amorites came against the people of Israel Joshua lifted up his voice and prayed to the Lord. He asked God to let the Sun stand still over Gibeon, and the Moon in the valley of Aijalon while the battle was in progress. God heard his prayer and answered him immediately. The Sun stood still and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. God supported Joshua in his war, with the Amorites. God was with him. May be he would have been timid while Moses was the leader but after his death, God called Joshua and strengthened him for the great task of leading the people of Israel to the promised land.
Dearly beloved, similarly the Lord is speaking to you through this message saying that He will go before you, and make the crooked places straight. He will also level the mountains that stand before you as barriers obstructing you from going forward in life. Some of you are scared to shoulder responsibility; You seem to be so timid in nature. But God expects you to be bold and strong. When you face challenges in life, God will be with you, and direct your steps. He shows you the way to go. He says, “This is the way walk in it.” God is willing to instruct and teach you and direct your steps. He will guide you with His eyes. For He says, “Be strong do not be discouraged.” You need not be dismayed at the problems that crop up in your life.” Take up responsibility in whatever field, you may be. Strive hard and you will be successful since God will be with you, wherever you go and help you in all that you do. Even though you go through troubles, He will change your situation. He will bless you if you belong to Him. Think Positive. The Lord will lead you in the most difficult situation because He is able to save you to the uttermost. God Bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank You for encouraging us to be strong and bold in our life. Help us to shoulder our responsibility. May we have the strength to face all the problems that come our way. Be with us Lord, as You were with Joshua and helped him during his difficult times.