Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest (Joshua 1:9).
The scripture above was God’s message to Joshua, as he led the children of Israel through the wilderness.God said to him, “Be not afraid.” Why? Because there were frightful experiences in his way. But God said, “Be not afraid.”Then He took it further; He said, “…neither be thou dismayed.” When things begin to look like you’ve been defeated, don’t be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with
you. What an assurance!Many years ago, I heard a story that’s remained indelibly on my mind. A Pastor told a story of how God visited a certain man in a vision. As he and the Lord walked together,the Lord assured him “I am with you no matter how difficult the journey may be.” Though he couldn’t see the Lord, he
could see the footprints. As they journeyed, there were two different footprints so, he was sure the Lord was with him.Every now and then, he looked and saw the Lord’s footprints,and kept going.At a point, things got tougher and harder. Then he looked, but this time saw only one footprint! He cried and
said, “Lord, where are you? Things are worse here! How could you leave me now that I need you the most?” Then he heard the voice of God, “I’m still here.” But the man said, “No, I was seeing your footprints all along; but you’ve stopped. All I see now are my footprints.” Then God said, “No, the footprints that you see aren’t your footprints; they’re mine, because I’m now carrying you.”
What a soul-stirring response from the Lord! How loving our God is! Even when we’re not aware, and it looks like He’s left us, He’s there. The man was crying because he thought he was alone. But God was carrying him. He has said,
“…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).At the most difficult part of the journey, He’ll carry you.Those times you look around and don’t seem to find any sign of His presence, the Lord is there with you. He’ll never leave you nor forsake you; even when everyone else deserts you, He’s always with you. So, be encouraged; be strengthened, and be full of joy. The Lord your God is with you, and He lives in you. You’re never alone!
Precious and loving Father, thank
you for your love and faithfulness.
You’re gracious, compassionate
and kind. I’m strong and very
courageous in the power of your
might; I’ll never be weary. Thank
you for your grace and
everlasting presence. I adore you
with all my heart. Amen.
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