The words written in the margin of my Bible read: “Instructions for success.” Marked are several verses, spoken by God Himself to Joshua, following the death of Moses.
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.” (Joshua 1:7, NLT)
We desire to be successful in life, achieving goals and positions. We’ve become enamored with words like “brave” and “courageous”, using them often to describe our journeys. The mere mention of the words, indicative of strength, and put us in a positive light. But a closer look at the above Scripture brought new, perhaps deeper, understanding of what it means to be courageous.
God gives the command three times within three verses – “Be strong and courageous!” The fact the words bore repeating should be enough to get our attention. If we are truly desirous of success in this life, we will need to pay attention to exactly what is being said to Joshua – and to us.
- Be strong and courageous to carefully obey all the instructions given to us. We will need to be fiercely brave and determined to obey God’s Word even when those around us disregard His commands.
- Be strong and courageous to not deviate. We are not to even slightly turn right or left. We must be brave to stay on the path of obedience and righteousness. We must not compromise the Truth in exchange for acceptance or affirmation.
- Be strong and courageous so as not to become discouraged. It is easy to be “obedient” here and now. But God is after us being steadily and faithfully obedient, even when it is difficult to do so.
God is desirous for us to be successful. But we cannot think we can change the very steps which pave the way. We must study His Word, meditate on His Word, and obey His Word.
“Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
This is my command- be strong and courageous!”