“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.”- Joshua 1:9
Sometimes it is difficult to pursue our role and answer our Christian calling, especially in the society we are currently living in and the current pandemic that is causing so many restrictions and barriers.
But as youth we often recite;
“Arise and Shine” “We are the future leaders of the church” “This is our time” “We are on fire”
So, we must be strong and courageous to possess the nation. This includes during the difficult times, good times, uncertain times and during the times where it seems all hope is gone.
It is evident throughout the Bible that God has promised that He will never fail. We can continuously trust in the Lord and His timing. However, it isn’t enough to just stand still, He is asking us to do something more radical like Samuel and Joshua
To possess the nations, requires an action/ many actions either big or small!
You must be awake. There’s got to be a fire in your soul! You have to go out and get it in Jesus’ name.
We all know the story of Moses…Even when the Israelites were led by Moses, they encountered many troubles along the way, starting from Egypt all the way until they reached the promise land. This was deterring but they did not stop going. They were revived each time something went wrong… reminded of what God can do, they can do, where they were before and their destination.
Joshua was chosen by God to take over after Moses died. He was told to be strong and courageous, but he was also warned to be obedient and cautious of all the Laws Moses had taught them.
Hosea 6:1-3 it doesn’t matter what battles we have lost previously or the wounds we may have gotten along the way… let us come back and be revived by the one who chose us and called us to do His will.
The little reminder of being strong and courageous lead to a communal revival through Joshua. Along the way, Joshua used his whit and courage to take bold steps. This revival led to the Israelites crossing river Jordan and possessing the land they were promised.
Sometimes we just need a simple push or reminder of who we are and what we are here to accomplish.
Heavenly Father we bless your name, and we glorify your name. I am so grateful that you have bestowed this message into me. It is my prayer that you grant me the strength I need so that I will be able to search deep within myself to realise where I have fallen. I want to be reunited with you. Give me the eyes to see the strength you have given unto me. And offer me a revival so I can continue to fulfil your perfect will.
I pray you will grant us a visitation in which we are reminded of who we are and what we were called out to do.
Lord, please mend the broken and heal the weak by granting a renewal and a revival.
Make me strong like Joshua and allow me to stand out like Samuel. Let my conversations be full of Grace and seasoned with salt so I know how to speak to all and approach all situations.
Grant me wisdom and remind me of who I am. So shall it be in your name.
I thank you for allowing me to come into your presence and for hearing my humble cry.
- By Flora Frimpong