Do you experience panic attacks and are afraid to face the day?
“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, ‘Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.’” (Joshua 1:1-2, ESV)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, ESV)
Ah, the promised land. It was flowing with milk and honey but is was also full of idol worshipers and giant warriors. God had promised the land and He had l kept that promise. He delivered His children from slavery in Egypt and led them to this new place after conditioning them in the wilderness to rely on Him alone. But that did not mean they wouldn’t have their challenges and temptations once they entered the land. It wasn’t Heaven.
Sound familiar? When we accept Christ into our lives we are not whisked away to live happily ever after – not on this side of eternity. There will still be temptations and people around us who are not believers. Yes, God will bless us with milk and honey, but there will also be times of bitterness and sorrow. Like the Hebrews, we are called to live in the world but not become entrenched in worldliness.
As Christians, we must battle through our earthly lives to keep the ways of the world from snagging us into sin, thus tainting our relationship with God. Like the Hebrews, we must not fear the giants, but realize God will equip us. Bad things will happen in this broken world. What we must cling to is God’s promise in verse 9, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
When Jesus ascended into heaven, He reiterated that – “And behold, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) It is not that God will make our lives easy, just easier to deal with if we turn to Him.
God in Heaven, You promise that You will be with me always. Whatever today holds, whatever is lurking on the horizon, seen or unseen, may I rest in the promise that You are there and You will be with me. Thank you for the peace that comes with knowing I do not have to do any of this alone. When the storms are loud and it feels like there is no way my little boat can stay upright, pull me in close to You and remind me that You are here. Always. Amen.
Questions: What are you battling in the Promised Land right now alone? Will you turn to God and accept His promise He is with you so He can equip you?