Joshua 1:9

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.

Most of us feel fortunate to find “that good golf swing” with the perfect tempo and contact a few days a year on the driving range. We can make it move left to right, right to left, straight and even hit the “ball picker” guy like we are Joe Montana hitting Jerry Rice down the middle. By the time we hit ball number 36 on the range, we have gained supreme confidence in our swing. However, something happens on the first tee when Saturday morning rolls around. All our muscles tighten and a dozen swing thoughts are released through the head. Those beautiful high baby draws are now “head high” lasers and we have officially lost all confidence in our swing.

The Lord spoke to Joshua after the death of Moses. God promised he and his people the same vast territory of Canaan He had promised Moses. Wherever Joshua would walk, the land would be granted to them. The Lord could foresee doubts would arise and the conquest would not be easy. The enemy was prepared and ready for battle as they had advanced notice of Israel’s anticipated movement. As comfort God made a great promise to them in Joshua 1:9. First of all, the people were reminded to be strong and courageous. These qualities will endure them to move forward without any doubt of victory. When adversity hits, the people were promised God’s presence and guidance. This same promise is given to us as believers in Hebrews 13:5. Just as Joshua had to fight a formidable enemy, we too battle daily. The fight for the believer today is not for physical land or against a commander and his army; it’s a spiritual fight for our family, our children, the joy of our salvation, and the claiming of God’s promises. The same promise He gave to Moses, He gave to Joshua. We have this same covenant with Christ. In Him, we are to have supreme confidence as He will be with us wherever our feet shall trod. We must remember to be strong and courageous. These qualities give us the confidence to act accordance to His teachings and guidance. While swing thoughts on the tee box are not necessarily a good thing, spiritual thoughts and God’s instruction when you face the enemy on Monday is a great blessing! Demand and claim His promises each day!

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