"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage: be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." (Joshua 1:9)
I'm going to borrow a bit from a January 2019 post in which I chose Courage as my word for that year. The part within the ==== and ==== is my older post.
Below you see a dictionary definition for courage.
I thought it would be a good idea to also look this up in a Bible dictionary, since I would be approaching this word from somewhat of a spiritual perspective.
Here is the definition from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary: "the strength of purpose that enables one to withstand fear or difficulty. Physical courage is based on moral courage -- a reliance on the presence and power of God and a commitment to His commandments."
I like that definition quite a bit better, don't you? The standard dictionary definition leaves out God, His presence, and His power!
Several years ago, I studied Joshua 1:9 using the simple SOAP method of Bible study,
and thought I would just share those very simple insights here. The
"S", of course, is for "Scripture", and I have written that out above,
so we will just go on with the rest of the acronym and see what I found.
O= After Moses' death, God spoke to Joshua, who would be the new leader of the children of Israel. How amazing it must have been to be encouraged by God Himself! He assured Joshua that every inch of the promised land was theirs (v. 2-4); that He would be with him and not fail or forsake him; that no man would be able to stand before them (v. 5). He encouraged and commanded Joshua to keep His Word in the forefront of his thinking, to meditate on it and obey it (v. 7-8).
Here in v. 9, God reminds Joshua to be strong and courageous: "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage." This is the third time God has told him this: verses 6 and 7 record the same command. He expands on it here:
* Be not afraid
* Be not dismayed
And then He tells him why: "for the LORD thy God is with thee wherever thou goest." What possible need could there be for fear?
A= This is the perfect day for me to be meditating upon this verse. Things are changing in my life. There are many things I could be fearful about, from family concerns to legal matters. Literally, things will never be the same as they were before. And yet ...
* I can be strong
* I can be courageous
* I need not be afraid
* I need not be dismayed
* The Lord my God is with me wherever I go and whatever I face.
P= Lord, how I thank and praise You for Your Word! I thank You today in particular for this powerful verse. What a great reminder! Because You, the all-powerful, all-knowing God, are with me, I can be strong and very courageous. There is no need for fear or dismay. I pray that you will help me to keep this verse firmly in my mind as I face the unknown, and thank You for all You will do, in Jesus' name, Amen.
This verse, and the need for courage, is even more important to me (and all believers) today, in September 2020. We are facing so many unknowns, but God is with us wherever we go and we can take so much courage from that! I hope that my readers will forgive the copy and paste and that these simple thoughts and this precious verse will be a blessing to someone today.