Joshua 6 – Courage Recap
Saturday, October 14
Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
It is interesting that no “strong and courageous” pep talk is included in Joshua 6 as the Israelites were receiving and acting upon instructions for overtaking the walled fortress of Jericho. Rather, the Lord said, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands…March!” (Joshua 6:2). And the people did it – God’s way – and the walls came a tumbling down.
Were the people scared as day after day they approached the city to march around it’s walls? Perhaps some were. Perhaps some were remembering their fathers who had crumbled in fear and discouragement when faced with the prospect of fighting against the fortified cities of Canaan. Yet, they had determined that something else was more important than fear – and they were following God. Likewise, you have the opportunity to be a new generation. You don’t have to follow a history of fear, failure, or inaction.
Perhaps they were making a conscience effort to instead focus on how they saw God and his faithfulness at work as well as how they had personally been prepared for this moment. Remembering the crossing of the Jordan River. Remembering Joshua’s meeting with the commander of the army of the Lord. Remembering how they consecrated themselves in preparation to see amazing things the Lord would do. Remembering the importance of relying on God’s Word rather than your feelings of fear (Joshua 1:6-9). Remembering the Lord’s words that Joshua had passed on to them: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).
My daughter and I just read The Hiding Place by Corrie TenBoom. We both highly recommend it! In German occupied Holland Corrie and her family hide and care for many Jews during World War II – a job that certainly required a great deal of strength and courage. Corrie’s life is a beautiful example of God providing for and preparing those who are seeking to follow God and His Word, regardless of the fears or consequences. No doubt our memory verse this week was a great comfort as well as battle cry for Corrie: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).
What courageous works is God preparing you to do? You may have no idea today. But use the day to follow Him, remembering His faithfulness. Actively seek and pray for direction on what courageous act God would have you do for Him today, next month and 5 years from now. And then – DO it!
Be Strong and Courageous!