After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them — the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses….”—Joshua 1:14.
The death of Moses marked the end of an era. God announced to Joshua, his successor, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise….” Was it that Joshua was not aware of Moses’ death? The answer is no. He must have either been discouraged by the turn of events or was overwhelmed by the enormity of the task ahead. It was at that point that God came to him and commanded him to arise. His assignment was clearly defined: Take the children of Israel into the Promised Land!
In spite, of the onerous task, there was a wonderful promise attached to the assignment. And this can be found in verse 3: “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you….” This means, regardless of the opposition or resistance from the enemy, consider the job done. And that is the nature of the God we serve: He finishes a thing even before He starts it. So, no matter what happens in-between, the end is certain. Be assured that your own end is certain in Jesus’ name.
After describing the extent of the inheritance of the children of Israel to Joshua, the Lord added yet another promise: “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life…” (Joshua 1:5). In essence, God was saying, “Since you cannot afford to fail in this assignment, I will ensure you do not fail.” What more could anyone ask for? It therefore becomes very important that you walk in the confidence that you will not fail, because God is constantly at work to ensure you do not fail in Jesus’ name.
Note, however, that after giving so much promise and assurance, the Lord was quick to add that Joshua should be strong and courageous. I am sure Joshua must have wondered what exactly the Lord meant when He charged him to be strong and courageous. Why did he need courage after the job had already been made so easy for him? It is true that there was a definite assurance of success, but in order to make every promise a reality, Joshua had to take a step. And courage was needed in taking that step, and the many steps he would take after that.
Remember, there were giants in the land God had promised the children of Israel. There were many obstacles to overcome. There were mountains to conquer. Opposition from the inhabitants of the land was therefore to be expected. So, in a sense, it was not going to be a walk-over for Joshua and the children of Israel, hence the need to be courageous. Again, the children of Israel who he was to lead into the Promised Land were not particularly an easy people to lead. Their stubbornness practically cost Moses his ticket to the Promised Land. That made courage all the more a necessity for Joshua.
The fact that God repeated the charge to be courageous three times in the first nine verses of the chapter explains how important it was for the successful execution of the assignment. You will observe that when the Lord repeated the charge for the last time, He said it was a command. In other words, Joshua was not just advised to be courageous, he was commanded to be courageous. Today, the same command applies to you. You need to be courageous to be all that God has ordained you to be or accomplish all that He has commanded you to accomplish.
Now, courage has been defined as the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution. In the words of Walt Disney, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
I do not know what obstacle or mountain is standing before you right now in the accomplishment of your goal or assignment, I charge you to take a step of courage today in Jesus’ name. It does not matter how long or how fierce the battle has been, there is an assurance of victory. But you need to arise and do what is needful for the victory to manifest.
And this is the pattern all through the scriptures. On the cross at Calvary, shortly before Jesus died, He said, “It is finished!” By that pronouncement, He meant He had completed His assignment, which was to destroy the works of the devil. Yes, the work is finished. The import of that statement is that man, positionally speaking, is no longer under the bondage of the enemy. But then, one may ask, “Why do we, particularly Christians, feel like we are still in bondage, and under so much pressure and control of the devil?” My answer is drawn from the same admonition God gave to Joshua: You need courage to take what rightly belongs to you. The work is already finished; whatever is left is what you should do. Arise today and do it! Victory is assured in Jesus’ name.
What differentiates champions from non-champions at the end of the day is the ability or courage to take the needed step. You may say, “I have tried to take a step, but something went wrong.” If I may ask, what step did you attempt to take? And how did you attempt to take it? You need to know that there is a difference between vision and ambition. A person who is running with a God-given vision may not, on the surface, look different from one who is inordinately ambitious, but the end will certainly set them apart. If you are certain you are in the will of God, then trust Him to lead you in the way to go. In that sense, if you have failed before, try again, and again, and again, until you succeed.
I am aware that, sometimes, unsuccessful attempt from the past can discourage one from making another attempt. But understand that the fact that you did not accomplish your goal at the first or second attempt does not imply that you are a failure. So, do not be discouraged; the courageous will always take another step. There are certain areas of your life where you should be reigning, but until you take the needed step you will remain where you are. My prayer is that you will begin to take that bold step that will make a big difference in your life, family and/or business today, in Jesus’ name.
It was Dale Carnegie who said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
For a child of God, courage comes mainly by yielding to the empowerment and leading of the Holy Spirit. Remember when the apostles were threatened neither to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus? The Bible states, “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). There is courage everywhere the Spirit of God is given preeminence. Today, will you give Him total control of your life and affairs?
As human beings, we were created to be creative and decisive. When God said in Genesis 1:26 “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…,”
He created man out of nothing so that he, in turn, could create something out of nothing. There is something in you that can redirect the course of your life. So do not sit in limbo, when you are confronted with challenges, thinking you are a victim. No, you are not. You need courage to stand eyeball-to-eyeball with your challenges and overcome them. Receive that courage now in Jesus’ name. Remember, whatever you fail to initiate will never be in
You can bring the solution to your problem into being, and you will in Jesus’ name.
You will discover that there were situations Joshua encountered, after he was given the command that required a great deal of courage. But he confronted every challenge, without faltering, and became a great and successful leader in Israel. He accomplished the assignment God gave to him. This will be your story, in Jesus’ name.
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