Moses is dead. God has anointed his long-time assistant, Joshua, as the leader. God commands Joshua to lead His people across the Jordan and into the land He promised to give them.
Joshua’s head has to be swimming. He is replacing the only leader he and his people have ever known. He will have to coordinate the movements of thousands and thousands of people, ensure they and their possessions are protected, provide adequate food and water for everyone, and, most importantly, lead the Israelite army into battle against unknown enemies. The future of every Israelite is dependent upon his performance as a leader.
Like a coach before a big game that’s sure to be pressure-packed, God gives a speech that reassures Joshua through repetition. God tells Joshua three times to be strong and courageous:
At the end of the speech, Joshua is ready to lead.
What challenges will you face today? Tomorrow? Next week? You may not be sure, but God knows. Are you prepared? Do you have what it takes? If you rely on God, then the answer to each of these questions is yes. He has commanded you to be strong and courageous because He is with you wherever you go.
Questions for Reflection and Application