What do you fear the most? Stand in courage. Remember the story of Joshua who fought the battle of Jericho? God promised to be with Joshua the same way he was with Moses. He told him, I will be with you, I will not fail you, I will not forsake you. God promised him success in all he did.
In this passage we learn about God’s command to stay in courage. God knew that Joshua would think Jericho would not seem right and God knew this when he told Joshua to trust him. God will speak to our hearts the same way he did to Joshua’s.
For the Lord is with you wherever you go. He will guide you and lead you.
When we go through tough times, what do we do first? We call our friends or family for support. This is good but we fail to call on God first; the only one that can really help. Your friends aren’t always going to be there, but God will.
We can start by mediating on the Bible. It is filled with teaching and instructions on how we should live. All the expectations and the symbols that were created in the Old Testament were in praise to God.
“Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:7-9 NASB)
If God tells you to do something why wouldn’t you do it? If he gives you instruction about something you have a choice, you can either do it or not. God is ready and wiling to show us how to walk through it successfully.
Dr. Charles Stanley says, “here’s the key: Meditation.”
Mediation means to read it, think about it, observe what God says, apply it, and ask questions. It means to absorb the word and apply it to your everyday life. If you don’t know how to handle a situation, ask God for help. When you start mediating on a piece of scripture your spirit gets quiet and it begins to purify your heart. It opens the door, it lightens your path and it gives you discernment. The word is like a sword, it penetrates your inner being. You don’t have to read the whole Bible to get conviction.God will bring the things to mind as you read, and the more you read, the more clarification you will get.
The Bible is filled with passages of courage. Dr. Stanley said, “if I can say how a Christian should live, I’d say to mediate on the word of God day and night. Get in the word and ask God to show the passages to read. Where should you start? If you’re not sure, begin in the book of Proverbs, or the book of Psalms, or the gospel of John, and read it in the Living Bible Translation (TLB).”
The more you do this, the more your faith will increase. What happens is your view of God begins to change; your life begins to change. You will be encouraged.
Great read, I especially like your emphasis on meditation as I feel that any form of self reflection is starting to become a lost art even though it is very important.
I wrote a similar post on how we can ALWAYS find the courage to get through tough times when you really sit back and think about all you have already been through. I hope that it is as good a read for you as this was for me: http://uncoveryourpotential.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/sadness-lifes-valuable-surprise/
I too believe that meditation on God’s word is good not from experience. I hope that it will be my new experience.