Friday, November 15, 2013

God Is With You - Joshua 1:9

Joshua 1:9 -- "This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

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God does not call the great and powerful to do His work - He calls the weak and humble.

Noah was a drunkard (Genesis 9:21).
Moses had a stuttering problem (Exodus 4:10).
Gideon was hiding in a winepress (Judges 6:11).
David was a young shepherd boy (1 Samuel 17:14).

None of these men considered themselves great when God called them, and yet we still remember their names.

God calls us to be strong and courageous. He encourages us to leave our fear behind. But most importantly, He is always with us.

He does not call us to a task and then steps back to watch us fail. He walks with us daily to guide us in His ways and protect us on our journey.

God did not just tell Noah to build an ark, but provided him with detailed instructions and helped him handle his critics (Genesis 6:9-22).

God did not let Moses struggle or stumble, He provided him a voice in his brother Aaron and plenty of miracles to back up his claim to be serving the true God (Exodus 4:11-17).

God did not leave Gideon in a winepress, but pulled him out calling him a "mighty warrior" (Judges 6:12) and stood with Gideon as his enemies were defeated (Judges 7:1-25).

God did not watch as His people were captured, but stood behind David as he slayed Goliath (1 Samuel 17:32-51) paving his way to become King of Israel. Despite his sins, God rewards David's faith by calling him "a man after my own heart" (Acts 13:22).

We are not alone in our feelings of inadequacy. We are not alone in our tasks. God calls us and He stands by us, just as He did with the many great men and women of faith before us.
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