I’m reading Joshua right now. I finished all the fun stories about conquering and now I’m in the even funner part about land distribution. Yes, that was sarcasm.
Joshua took over after Moses died. We first met Joshua when the 12 spies were sent to scope out the promise land. 10 of the men saw how big the inhabitants were and became afraid but Joshua and Caleb said “we got this!” God promised the Israelites this land and it seems the other 10 men forgot that promise.
Fast forward and now Joshua is leading the Israelites into the promise land, the land of milk and honey. When I think of Joshua I think he’s strong, brave, has no fear and is probably smoking hot.
I noticed a phrase, or a theme, that was repeated over and over again: “Be strong and courageous” and “Do not fear.” When God repeats something you know He wants you to remember it. So God wanted Joshua to remember to be strong and courageous and to fear not.
I thought Joshua was brave and strong. I picture him as an Old Testament version of Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Clint Eastwood and Will Smith all combined into one. And then it hits me…Joshua was a regular person. I sometimes forget that. God doesn’t use crazy He-Man, woman hater guys (thank you Little Rascals) for His glory, no, God uses regular, ordinary people like you and me for His glory.
In Deuteronomy 31 Moses tells Israel that he is about to die and Joshua is taking over and Moses tells Israel to be strong and courageous. Later in that chapter, God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous.
In Joshua 1:1-9 God tells Joshua 3 times to be strong and courageous. 3 times! Remember back in school if the teacher repeated something 3 times you knew it was gonna be on the test? Well, Joshua had a big test coming and God wanted to make sure Joshua remembered this when it mattered.
Throughout the first 12 chapters, the phrases “be strong and courageous” and “do not fear” are repeated 8 more times. God tells this to Joshua, Joshua tells this to the Israelites and then the Israelites tell it back to Joshua. It’s like a circle, they are all continually reminding each other to be strong and courageous.
The land that God promised the Israelites was currently being lived in by other people, the tall men I mentioned earlier. The Israelites needed to be like an Italian mob boss and “get rid of the problem” their enemies needed to “swim with the fishes.”
Joshua 12 lists the 31 kings that Joshua conquered before they could inhabit in the land God promised them…31 kings; no wonder God had to continually remind him to “be strong and courageous” and “do not fear.” They had to fight and they had to win and they did it 31 times.
I don’t know what battles you are facing right now but I encourage you to be strong and courageous and to fear not. Be like Joshua. Go and conquer!
Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9
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