“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: ‘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. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 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. 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.
‘Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 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. 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. 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.’”
This passage is written right after the death of Moses. A little backstory is Moses has brought the Israelites out of slavery and has been leading them through the desert to the promised land. Joshua must lead them from here because Moses has died, and God appointed Joshua to lead (Numbers 27:18-23). Joshua was one of the only people who showed complete confidence that God would help them conquer the land of Canaan. Although he had faith and confidence in God, even Joshua was scared to lead the Israelites through the Jordan River. The Lord tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. He tells him to not be afraid because God will never leave him and is with him wherever he goes.
This can relate to us now because we all experience things that we are hesitant or scared to do. When I am scared or nervous to do something it helps me to remember this verse. God gives us strength and courage to face the things that are hard to do. It is important to remember that we do not have to be afraid because God has a plan for us and is with us through everything, even if it feels otherwise.
In what areas of my life do I need to trust God?
When have I done a good job at being courageous?