Joshua and the children of Israel were getting ready to go into the Promised Land. They had never been there before. They had spent their entire lives either as slaves in Egyptian bondage or wandering around the desert. Now they were getting ready to go in and possess-- live, dwell and own-- another place, a new place. As they were getting ready to enter, God gave them a certain command-- Be strong and of a good courage, be not afraid, or dismayed.
God spoke that word to them because He knows how human nature is. We become afraid, we become dismayed, we become confused and even lose heart when facing the unknown. They were getting ready to go into this unknown and unfamiliar place. But the Lord didn't just command them not to be afraid, He gave them the answer as to how to keep from it. "I will be with you wherever you go". They were not going to face the battles, the trials, the difficulties of this new place by themselves. He was going to be with them guiding them every step of the way.
Are you in a place that is unfamiliar to you, a place of uncertainty, a place you have never walked through before? You have the same promise given by the same God that spoke to Joshua that day. You don't have to be afraid, you don't have to be dismayed, you don't have to be worried, you don't have to be anxious, you don't have to be defeated by it, the Lord your God is with you.
Have a great day. Wherever we go, even into new and unfamiliar places in life, we don't have to be afraid, the Lord is with us.
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