Be strong and of a good courage.... Only be thou strong and very courageous.... Be strong and of a good courage.
After reading the book of Joshua many times, Im convinced that, as God began to give Joshua his instructions (Chapter 1), Joshua was deeply shaken by the magnitude of the task that lay before him. Yet God didnt speak to Joshua about the impossibilities. He simply kept repeating to him, Be strong and of good courage! God didnt tell Joshua to do a great many things. He didnt say, Go figure out how to get across the river. He didnt say, Check your military might and see if you have firepower to conquer this land. He said, Only…. (Did you see that? Only!) Only be thou strong and very courageous! In other words, Joshua, your part in this assignment is to be strong and of a good courage. Ill take care of everything else. Ill win the battles. Ill keep the people in line. Ill show you how to divide the land. You just be courageous! Well, Brother Copeland, Hes never said that to me! Yes, He has. In fact, He had it written for you in the New Testament. He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me (Hebrews 13:5-6). Therefore, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might (Ephesians 6:10). For whatever impossible challenge that may be lying before you, God has already given you your instructions. Be strong and very courageous. If youll do that, Hell take care of the rest.Ezekiel 14-15; Psalm 99I am strong and of good courage. Joshua 1:6
Bibelstellen: Joshua 1