Feeling depressed? Disappointed? Fighting with despair? Disillusionment? Here is a short collection of some recent Facebook posts that might provide just the boost and spark you are looking for today. Hope they help. Take care.
- “…I will be with you…” ~ Joshua 1:5 What else do we really need in life? Just saying.
- “…I will not fail you…” ~ Joshua 1:5 In the Hebrew a very literal meaning is “I will not let you sink.” Who hasn’t felt overwhelmed by life at times? None of us are exempt from the problems and pressures that seek to drown us in despair. But God has promised us, “I will not fail you. I will NOT let you sink.”
“…I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.” ~ Joshua 1:5 Forsake. Such an expansive and expressive word in the Hebrew, one with so many beautiful variations. Let’s think about them for a minute. God will neither abandon nor desert us. He will not leave us on our own. God will not renounce us. He will continue to claim us even on our worst days. But my personal favorite? God will NOT give up on us. He will help us. He will support us. So… Get the picture now? When God tells us that He will not forsake us, He is literally saying that He will stand beside us. Through every season and storm. No matter the trial, test, or temptation. In the face of every disaster, doubt, and difficulty. God will not forsake us.
- “…I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.” ~ Joshua 1:5 Let’s briefly recap. He promises His presence (with you). He promises His power and provision (not fail you). And He promises that they are both permanent (not forsake you). Hmmm, a God whose power and provision is permanently present with us? Remind me again, what’s your reason for “not trying”?
- “No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life… Be strong and courageous…” ~ Joshua 1:5-6 God gives a great promise. And then, He gives an equally great challenge. In essence He tethers Joshua’s success and the nation’s victory to their own willingness to act, to fight, to pursue the promise. I am convinced that the greatest difficulty in our faith journey is not “believing God.” We believe God. We do. The real challenge for most of us comes from trying to muster the strength and courage to act on what we believe… Father, grant us both that your promises might be made evident to the world that watches us.
“Be strong and courageous… Only be strong and very courageous… Be strong and courageous!” ~ Joshua 1:6-9 Not one. Not two. But three times God admonishes Joshua to be strong and courageous. From the very beginning God instructs him to “strengthen yourself, be firm, be resolute. Be courageous, be brave, be determined.” In other words, “Joshua, this is going to be tough. This is going to be …difficult. This is going to demand everything from you. There will be days when you will want to give up and quit, days when you will just want to walk away from it all. But I have promised you this land. I have promised you success. I have promised you victory if you will just keep moving forward. Joshua, I’m not saying it will be easy. It’s going to be difficult. But together we can do this. We. Can. Do. This. Be strong and courageous.” Never forget, God only calls us to those things that will absolutely test for everything we are worth, that cannot be done apart from His strength, and that in the end will have been more than worth the cost. Today is not the day to quit. You. Can. Do. This 🙂