DEVOTIONAL – JUNE 22
BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE
Leslie M. John
“Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them”. Joshua 1:6
Standing on the banks of Jordan River Joshua spoke at length to the children of Israel. Joshua was the successor of Moses in leadership to take them to the promised land Canaan. Moses failed in an incident, which in the sight of God was a serious matter, because it was equivalent to dishonoring God. God told Moses to speak to the rock, which would then produce water for the thirsty Israelites, but Moses struck the rock.
Moses thought it was right to do so because God said to Him in an earlier occassion to strike the rock to get water. Inasmuch as Moses failed to do just as God told him to do God said to him that he will not enter the Promised Land, Canaan; nevertheless he would be able to see it from afar.
The Lord said to Joshua… “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”. Joshua 1:8
Joshua spoke to the children of God, the Israelites, and advised them to be courageous and not to be afraid. The spies who went out earlier to search the land of Canaan came with disappointing news that the people in Canaan were giants.
Joshua instilled courage in the minds of the children of Israel and advised them to meditate on God’s word every day and every night.
“And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go” (Joshua 1:16)
It is imperative that we meditate on the Word of God everyday, in order grow in the Lord and to keep Satan away from us. If we allow Satan to enter our hearts, we will certainly backslide. Jesus asserts here that he is the good shepherd, who will not let his sheep be stolen by his enemy. He would leave ninety nine sheep aside for some time to go in search of one lost or backslidden sheep to bring it back to join the ninety nine.
“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine”. John 10:14
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one”. John 10:27-30