04 June 2006

Fearless

Joshua 1

1
After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:
2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel.
3
Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.
4
From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory.
5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
6
Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
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.
8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
9
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.”

I love this passage. Three times God tells Joshua to "be strong and of good courage." Three times He says "I am with you." What have we to fear when God is with us? What a great comfort and confidence we have in God!

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
(Psalm 27:1)

Thus my heart was grieved,
And I was vexed in my mind.
I was so foolish and ignorant;
I was like a beast before You.
Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You hold me by my right hand.
You will guide me with Your counsel,
And afterward receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish;
You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry.
But it is good for me to draw near to God;
I have put my trust in the Lord GOD,
That I may declare all Your works.
(Psalm 73:21-28)

2 Comments:

At 04 June, 2006 18:02, Blogger Redeemed said...

I love all those "fear not" spoken by the Lord in the O.T.

It's a simple truth that we often forget, but we have nothing to fear. The Lord is on our side.

Romans 8:31 - If God be for us, who can be against us?

 
At 04 June, 2006 19:14, Blogger Carey said...

Amen!

 

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