After the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua, son of Nun, Moses’ aide:
“….No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors 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. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; 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 afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Three times the Lord tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. Three times He looks into Joshua’s heart and knows the depths of its needs. Three times God encourages and strengthens Joshua with promises. And on the third time the Lord takes out his “Do as I say” Dad’s voice and says:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.” … Josh, you’ve been trained by the best. You’ve been selected by me. I’ve given you your pep talk and told you what to do. Therefore, it is able to be done. So Now, go and BE.
“Be” is the defining action of this command.
It doesn’t say BECOME, or ACT or FIGHT strong and courageously.
It doesn’t say PRAY, or STAND or BELIEVE strong and courageously.
It doesn’t say LIVE, ATTACK, CONQUER… LOVE or the myriad of verbs the Lord could have said. But no… God says this instead:
I don’t always “BE” very well. I find myself “DOING” a whole lot more (mostly just spinning my wheels.)
And even just the idea of following in the footsteps of Moses?? Makes me nauseous (in that “trying-to-live-up-to-everyone’s-expectations” kind of way.) …Which reminds me how desperately I need the same God-given courage:
Rest your mind and heart on my word, sweetheart.
Keep your eyes and your steps focused on me, Punkin.
In all your ways acknowledge me, and I will direct your paths.
I am the Lord your God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, the Red Sea Surgeon, Your Manna-Giving Father, the Great I AM who will never leave you, never forsake you, never slumber or sleep. I will be by your side and help you BE all that I knit you together in the womb to BE.
I AM, so you can BE.
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Joshua, like me, didn’t have to rise to the occasion… He just simply had to sink to his knees. His only command was to BE.
To BE at rest in the power and Truth of the God
that goes before
and guards from behind.
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Moses,
and the God of Joshua.
And this same command is mine.
Jane, have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. When all your NOWs present themselves as enemies… just simply BE.
Because in my strength and in the courage from my hand, You are mine.
“… and I am the God that fights for you.”
Jesus, you are the the God of Abraham, Isaac and Moses, and the God of Joshua. And you are the God of little ‘ol me.
Help me to BE … in the NOW of who you are.
Watering Today: Joshua 1-2; Prov. 20; Psalms 20, 120; Acts 10-11