Our theme for this month: “The Gift of Being Yourself”
Our Bible verse for today: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (Amplified Bible)
Our thought for today: “God created you to be strong and courageous.”
In yesterday’s devotional we considered Solomon’s encouragement for us to be as bold as lions in the way in which we face the challenges of life. I want to continue that thought today and tomorrow by considering two of my favorite people from the Old Testament. These two men served as associates of Moses and they both figured proximately in the history of the early years of the nation of Israel. They are Joshua and Caleb. We’ll talk about Caleb tomorrow but this morning I want to focus on Joshua.
One of the things I love about Joshua was that he did the very thing the Lord commanded – he was strong and courageous. It was in his spiritual DNA. It’s who God created him to be. We actually see this early in Joshua’s life when he served alongside Moses and when he boldly went out as one of the spies to reconnoiter the Promised Land. Along with Caleb he then urged the nation of Israel to ignore the ten nay-sayers who argued against taking possession of the Promised Land and to instead go as God had directed them.
Joshua was bold and strong and courageous all throughout his life. That’s also what the Lord expects from us. It’s in your DNA too. You may not know it – you may not be exercising that boldness and courage right now, but it is there. God created you to be strong and courageous in Christ.
Another man from history whose example I’ve always found inspiring is President Teddy Roosevelt. He was a strong and courageous man of action and he encouraged others to be that way too. In one of his greatest speeches he said:
“It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but he who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great devotion; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
I encourage you to be strong and courageous in your approach to life. It is the kind of person God has called you to be, it’s who He has created you to be. It is in your spiritual DNA.