Moses gives Joshua and the people of Israel a similar message as they get ready to cross into the Promised Land: "So be strong and courageous!" There is no reason for them to panic or be filled with fear. Why? God, YHWH, delivered them from Egypt and Pharaoh and accompanied them through the wilderness. God had promised to be with them, and He kept His promises. He went ahead of them and prepared the way for them. The Eternal One, YHWH, never failed or abandoned them. They were not on their own; God was with them.
Jesus' followers can also accept this promise. Our Promised Land isn't the physical land of Israel but our home with God. If we read other passages in the New Testament — Jesus even spoke some of them — we find this ancient promise packaged in slightly different words. But, these promises are also for us:
- Be strong and courageous. 
- We shouldn't be afraid or panic as we face the future ahead of us. 
- The Lord is going ahead of us to prepare the way for us to share in His glory. 
- The Lord will never fail us, leave us, or abandon us as we carry out His mission — nothing can separate us from His love for us. 
So, dear brother or sister, be strong and courageous. We are in a saving relationship with the King of glory, and our glorious future awaits with Him and His return!
Almighty God, knowing You live inside me through the Holy Spirit, I believe that my future with You is secure with all of my heart. Empower me to be courageous, not fearful, steadfast, not panicky, and committed to looking for Your presence in my life rather than worrying about being alone. I believe in this glorious future, so I ask for the Spirit's help to live into Your promises as I await Your return in glory! Maranatha. * Come, O Lord, we await You and your future for us! In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.