In this passage, God is instructing Joshua to be strong and courageous as he now leads the obstinate Israelites to the Promised Land. His spiritual mentor Moses has died, so the task probably looked a little daunting to him. But God is reassuring Joshua that He is with him and will protect him.
The Lord would not call him to the task without enabling him to complete it, he had God’s promise of a sure victory (Joshua 1:5-6), God’s Word as a safe guide (Joshua 1:7-8), and God’s presence as a sustaining power (Joshua 1:9, above).
In short, Joshua had all he could ever need for the journey!
And so do we!
God has equipped us with His Word and His indwelling Holy Spirit to go through this journey of life with His power. We can be strong and courageous in Him for He is with us wherever we go.
T. Austin Sparks says about this verse:
“The real battle of faith is joined here. Not what we are, but what He is! Not what we feel, but His facts.”
I love that quote! We may feel afraid and discouraged at times in this life, like the battles are too big to overcome. But we are to stick to God’s facts and not our feelings.
God has promised us victory through Him and we must cling to that when we feel defeated in this world. Jesus has already defeated sin, death, and hell at the cross, our part is to trust Him with our lives and obey His Word and ways. God has great plans for His children (Jeremiah 29:11), and has enabled us very nicely to bring those plans of His to fruition.
So what have we really to fear? Nothing! The God of the universe is our Father. He created all that exists, and His love for us is immeasurable. He is our Protector and Defender, our Sustainer and Provider. We have much to rejoice in don’t we? How can we not open our mouths in praise to Him for all that He has done for us!
Thank You Father God for sending Jesus to this earth to shed His blood for the forgiveness of my sins. Thank You for loving me and for all Your care and keeping. I love You so and give You all praise this day, Amen!