Friday, November 7, 2008

Joshua 1:9

I command 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

One might think that Joshua 1:9 might be an old stand-by; an standard verse that people spout out only in difficult times but I have found over the years that part of the incredible amazing beauty of Scripture is that it speaks to us in so many different ways and on so many spiritual levels. I feel like the Lord placed my attention on this verse at the beginning of our search for where He would want us to serve overseas. How and why did He pick Zambia out for us considering all of the other countries that were available?

Joshua was embarking on a brand new adventure as he was poised to cross the Jordan River and take possession of the Promised Land. Three times in the first 9 verses of Joshua 1 God specifically told Joshua to be strong and courageous. It must have been very significant to Joshua just as it is significant to me today as my family also looks out into the unknown, ready to embark upon a new adventure.

Right now, I am not afraid but this verse tells me that when those doubts buffet me and I might be fearful of the unknown that - Praise Him! - He has promised to be with me WHEREVER I go. As He chose Zambia for us, He will carry us boldly and confidently into the future.