Wednesday, April 26, 2023
[Moses to the people of Israel before crossing into the Promised Land:] "So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you."
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:
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.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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