Welcome to Week 6 of the Word Wednesday Challenge! This week we’re in Joshua.
Joshua 1:9 (NIV)–Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
Sounds a lot like last week’s verse, doesn’t it? It almost makes you wonder why God repeats this particular truth so often. The two times I’ve mentioned aren’t the only two times God said it (or something like it). Why would he say the same thing over and over? Shouldn’t once be enough?
I find comfort in the fact that God knows us humans very well. And He knew when He inspired His Word that there would be certain things we’d be particularly thick about. I think He knew all along we’d do a pretty bad job at resting in His presence and trusting in His calling. Let’s face it… all of us have been led into some pretty frightening spots, whether they were physical, spiritual, or emotional. And what does God ask of us?
He wants us to trust that He is with us wherever, whatever, however, whoever… It’s tough. And it’s scary. Which is why I’m pretty sure He added the part about not being afraid. He knew this wouldn’t be easy.
Pretty cool of God to tell us not once, not twice, but dozens of times that it’s okay… He’s always going to be right here.