The above passage begins the story of both Joshua and Israel as they, with God’s help, conquered Canaan, the Promised Land. In verses 6 – 9, God say to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 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.”
Recently, in one of his messages, Dr. Charles Stanley preached that “the Bible is an instruction for us. Though the Old Testament wasn’t written to us, it was written for us.” He went on to say, “Absorb God’s Word! Meditation means to read it, think about it, observe what God says, apply it, and ask questions. Meditation quiets your spirit and purifies your heart. Have discernment. God’s Word sharpens your perception and clarifies your direction – increases your faith.”
The lesson I got from this sermon is by reading and studying God’s Word in the Holy Bible I will have the courage to face life’s struggles. Also, as Christians, we are never alone – the Holy Spirit is always with us.
In closing, Dr. Stanley defined courage as: A quality of mind or spirit that enables us to meet danger, opposition, or challenges with fearlessness, calmness, and firmness. More importantly Dr. Stanley said, “What makes you a success is living a Godly life.”