“The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Ps 27:1 NIV
If you’ve ever packed up and moved to another house, you may remember saying, “This is the last time I’m moving!” Now you know how Joshua felt moving almost two million people into a new homeland. And they did it on foot. So God told Joshua two things: (1) “Be strong and very courageous” (Jos 1:7 NKJV). Why? Because his enemies were going to attack him, and his own people were going to make endless demands on him. Where do you find courage? In these words: “The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” That word “stronghold” means you are held in the safety of God’s strong arms. That means nothing can get to you, without first coming through Him. Victor Hugo wrote, “Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” (2) “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Jos 1:5 NIV). Who but God could make and keep such a promise? Did He keep His Word to them? Yes! “So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled there. The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their forefathers. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord handed all their enemies over to them. Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled” (Jos 21:43-45 NIV). And their God—is your God!
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