Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Each of us have verses that speak to us in the core of our being. Joshua 1:9 is that verse for me. In the first few verses of the book of Joshua, God tells Joshua three times, “Be strong and courageous.” That’s our first warning that living a Christian life isn’t always going to be easy.
When God called me to be a traveling therapist, I was a successful pool therapist and Glen was dying. To obey, I had to give up the pool I loved, leave my house and my beloved Glen behind, and move north with two suitcases. Everything I’d accomplished in 14 years in Boynton Beach, FL had to be abandoned. My whole understanding of stability had to change. “Be strong and courageous.” I had to step out in faith. “The LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Jesus promised he would never forsake us; he would send the Comforter to be always with us.
While all my life has been an experience in learning to walk with God, the past year and a half has been much deeper. Learning to trust him, and to cooperate with him hasn’t always been easy and has frequently required me to “be strong and courageous”. But God has supplied the strength and courage when I would have faltered. God’s been faithful through it all.
Let my experience reassure you that God will always be there for whatever physical or emotional needs you’re facing. You can be of good courage knowing He’ll be there through it all. Amen!