“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
Today’s reading starts with, “Have I not commanded you?” To command someone is, according to dictionary.com, “to direct with specific authority; order; to require authoritatively; and to dominate by reason of location”.
The Lord has shed a light of revelation on this verse today; He has not simply implied that we need courage and that we need not be subject to fear, nor has he merely suggested it might be a good idea to show strength against these foes. He has commanded it. He has by reason of His location declared not only His dominance over fear and dismay, but by our position through Him we too, “by reason of our location”, can command courage over our circumstances.
More often than not we try to draw up our own courage, and steal ourselves, against the many elements of fear we experience in our lives. When we are feeling low and beaten down somehow we read this verse and think, “yes, my God is with me, I need not be afraid”. Yet that is too weak an outlook. Yes it brings comfort; I know firsthand the relief this knowing that my Lord is with me through everything brings. However this is a command, God knew that courage would be a necessity not simply a need. He has implored us to stand in authority and direct strength and courage over our lives and the lives of those we love.
Where the Lord commands He also provides. He knows we cannot do these demanding things on our own, despite how frequently we try. That is why He reassures us that He is with us, “wherever you go”. His Spirit empowers us as we stand firm on the foundation of God’s authority and grace, in His position of dominance over our circumstances.
What great love our Lord has for us that He speaks with authority over our lives and directs our path. May we never lose sight of Him, may our hearts always remain open to the revelation of His word and our minds willing to receive understanding.
God Bless you.