Has God ever called you to a difficult task? Maybe you were led to witness to a friend or family member who was resistant to the Gospel. Or perhaps God wanted you to lead a Bible study or small group. How did you feel? Were you frightened, nervous, hesitant—or all of the above? God knows that our human emotions can sometimes hold us back, and that is why the Lord Our Provider gives us all the encouragement we need to do His work.
God will not give us an assignment and then just walk away to let us do the work alone. He provides the resources we need to get the job done. He walks with us every step of the way, guiding us and encouraging us. He will never abandon us when we allow Him to work through us. In the words of the psalmist, “. . . you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel and afterward you will take me into glory” (Psalm 73:23-24).
In Joshua 1, we see God encouraging Joshua just before he is about to cross the raging Jordan River into the Promised Land. As the new leader of the Israelites, Joshua was in need of some encouragement.
God gave an encouraging promise to Joshua: “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them” (Joshua 1:6). Joshua knew he would ultimately have victory because God promised the end result.
When God makes a promise, we can be fully confident that He will never fail us. We can find comfort and strength in the promises of God: “I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil” (Psalm 119:162).
When we trust in the promises of God, we will have confidence to overcome any worry about the obstacles, rejections, or critics we will face.
Prayer: God, thank You for Your promise to never abandon me. Help me to trust in Your promises, like Joshua did, so that I may overcome my worries and fears. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does” (Psalm 145:13).
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