Strength and Courage

Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9 (HSCB)

Have you ever been afraid of something? Maybe as a child you worried that your house might burn down, or perhaps you were scared of the dark. At one time or another each of us has experienced “what if” moments. What if I lose my job? What if I fail? What if someone close to me gets sick or dies? These can be scary questions, and we may not always know how to answer them.

This past weekend, my youngest daughter and I had the chance to attend something called SuperStart in Louisville, KY. It is a ministry of Christ In Youth (CIY) geared toward preteens. The theme of the weekend was strength and courage, and the key Bible verse was Joshua 1:9. We learned this weekend that even though we all have those “what ifs” in our lives we don’t have to be afraid or worried because God is always with us. He gives us the strength and courage we need to face any (and all) situations that arise. What an awesome truth!

The leader of the conference taught us something that I think is great for both kids and adults alike. It’s an easy way to help us remember the promise God made to Joshua in today’s verse. It goes like this.

I can be strong and courageous when I say Oh because I know that God is always with me, and I can go to His Word, and I can grow in Him.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the promises You gave in Your Word. Help me to remember that when the “what if” questions arise I can be strong and courageous and have no fear because You are always with me. I know I can turn to the Bible for direction, which will help me grow in You. 

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