Have Not I Commanded Thee?


“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 withersoever thou goest.” – Joshua 1:9

Have you ever needed to complete something that you felt was beyond your ability to accomplish? Or have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you were facing life’s challenges alone? Most, if not all of us, have experienced this at one time or another where we needed to be reminded that we are not alone, and God is with us in every situation and wherever we go.

In Joshua 1, we see Joshua being instructed by the Lord after the death of Moses to lead His people into the land of promise.  Throughout this chapter, the Lord repeatedly tells Joshua to be strong and of a good courage.

Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
 8This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

We also see in this passage that God gave Joshua explicit instructions on how to be successful.  Psalm 32:8 says,

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” When we follow the leading of the Lord and stay on the path that He has for us, we will see the good success that He has for us.”

Although our challenges may not be the same as Joshua’s, God’s Word still applies. Some of us may be dealing with difficult family members, health issues or facing a tough project at work or in business or school. Whatever the case may be, God wants us to be strong and courageous and not give up in the face of adversity.  Proverbs 24:10 states,

If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”

When we stick with it in the day of adversity, whatever the “it” is that God wants us to excel in, we become a people of great strength.

Another example in the scriptures of this principle is found in I Chronicles 28, where Solomon was chosen by the Lord to build His house. In verse 20, we find King David admonishing him…

And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.”

Although they had been assigned these tasks by the Lord as part of their journey, I am sure in the minds of both Joshua and Solomon, these were massive undertakings. But even as David told Solomon that the Lord would not fail him nor forsake him, He would enable him to finish his assignment, so it is with us.  Whatever our assignment, God will give us the Grace that we need to succeed. We are not alone in it. The Lord is and will be with us every step of the way!

Your assignment may be to raise your children in a godly manner so that they can in turn impact those around them for the better. Your assignment could be to bring the light of Jesus into a dark workplace. Friend, whatever The Lord has assigned to you, He has given you the ability and the Grace to accomplish it.  It may seem like a daunting task, but He will not fail you, nor will He forsake you!  Only be strong and courageous!

Be Encouraged!

May God’s Grace Abundantly Reign In Your Life!

Elder Alisa Coleman

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