Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali
Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name I come before You, thankful for the privilege to be in Your presence. It is through Jesus alone that I can speak and be with You. It is a great blessing You have given me in Joshua 1:1-9 to see how You encouraged Joshua and strengthened his faith. Throughout the Bible, You show that You want to do the same for me. Like You told Joshua in his difficult time, You want me to look to You through Your Word for guidance, and not around me.
Verse 7: “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.” It is a wonderful gift from You when I experience courage and consistency in my faith while handling all situations in my life. Remind me often that without Your leading, life can be frightening, but with You in control it will be an exciting adventure.
Just as You assured Joshua that You would be with him in his new challenges, You will be with me. Verse 5b: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” It is my desire that You strengthen me and give me more faith and Godly courage. Keep my mind and heart focused on You by directing me to meditate on Your Word and be obedient to what you reveal.
Whenever I face new and difficult situations, direct me to take courage in knowing that You are with me wherever I go. Put verse 9 in my mind. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Thank you for the encouragement, peace, and comfort from this portion of Scripture. Amen.