7 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. 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”-Joshua 1:7-9 (NLT)
God had prepared Joshua to lead the people over Jordan. Joshua had spent many years as Moses’ assistant learning how to lead. Now, it was Johsua’s turn to lead. Like us, when God asks us to do something for Him, Joshua probably felt that he was totally unable to do that. And, like us, Joshua was right. Neither he nor we can do God’s work alone. The amazing thing about it is that God would even allow us to be a part of His work. God just wants us to allow Him to work through us. So, the next time you hear that still, small voice, just answer as Samuel did, “Here am I” and stand amazed as God does His work. Notice that being strong and courageous in this passage of Scripture is not a suggestion–it is a command.