He had been the apprentice, assistant, the adjunct for years. Now it was time for him to be the leader of the raucous, nomadic, and hard headed group of under achievers.

Now he was responsible…for everything. Whatever he decided would affect the lives of the people, his people.

Then God told him FOUR times to Be Strong and Courageous.

Joshua, along with Caleb, had been Moses' "go to guys" during their time in the wilderness. He had seen the things that caused Moses so much frustration as the people did not do what God wanted.

Now that they were his responsibility, Joshua was to lead them into the land promised long ago. He had to fight fierce warriors and giants. He had to lead the people in the way God wanted them to be led.

No wonder God affirmed Joshua to Be Strong and Courageous.

Then God reminded Joshua of the promise: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).

As evil further envelopes this world, with wars, rumors of wars, beheading and horrors, the words said to Joshua resound for us today.

Be strong and courageous. Live life as God Almighty has planned for you.

Be strong and courageous. Face adversity knowing God will never leave you.

Be strong and courageous! God will be with you wherever you go.
Be strong and courageous. Know that all you have to do is persevere; God will see you through the rest.

Be strong and courageous! God will be with you wherever you go.

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