- Joshua 1:1-9
The LORD Commands Joshua
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' aide: 2 "Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Great Sea on the west. 5 No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
6 "Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 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." [emphasis mine]
I love this passage of scripture. It is filled with promises from God for each of us about our earthly "Promised Land". God gives instruction on how to succeed in finding it and claiming it! He promises to be with us - and to never leave us. So what river of fear (the Jordan) are you terrified to cross?
If Joshua were not already afraid to step in the shoes of Moses - and proceed to the Promised Land - God would not have told him 3 times - to "be strong and very courageous". God not only told him that - He commanded it!
Let God speak those words as His fresh breath on your life today - in whatever circumstances or rivers you need to cross (and Trust Him)!