“Just as I was with Moses, I will be with you. No one will be able to stop you all your life. I will not abandon you. I will never leave you. But you must be strong and brave about obeying the commands my servant Moses gave you. If you follow his teachings exactly, you will be successful in everything you do. Always remember what is written in that book of law. Speak about that book and study it day and night. Then you can be sure to obey what is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything you do. Remember, I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.””
Joshua 1:5, 7-9 ERV
You ever need to be encouraged? Open the Bible, chapter after chapter there are stories that will encourage you and remind you of the grace of God.
In this passage the Lord is reminding Joshua that just as he was with Moses he will be with him. So I used my biblical imagination to assume just as he was with Moses, he will be with me. I take this word personal and I strive to be strong and courageous and I also strive to follow the word of the Lord (I’m not always successful) well to be honest I’m not nearly as successful as I would like to be, but I keep trying.
The scripture says if you follow the book of law, study it and speak about it you will be successful and wise. So as people of God we strive to study the word and try to apply it to our lives so we can live successfully in Christ.
“Do your best to be the kind of person God will accept, and give yourself to him. Be a worker who has no reason to be ashamed of his work, one who applies the true teaching in the right way.”
2 Timothy 2:15 ERV
I have to remind myself that success in Christ may look differently than success in the world. I may not have a huge house or a fancy car, a large bank account or a dream job but I can have peace, joy, love, and the fruits of the spirit.
“But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things.”
Galatians 5:22-23 ERV
Remember the Lord your God is with you, just as he was with Moses.