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The Need for Strength and Courage

“Be strong and of good courage; for thou shalt cause this people to inherit the land which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, to 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 have good success whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate thereon 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. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not affrighted, neither be thou dismayed: for Jehovah thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:6-9, ASV)

As Joshua takes over Moses’ position as leader of the Israelite people, the Lord speaks to him with an introduction of what will be expected of him. As he speaks, he tells Joshua two things that are absolutely necessary for him to succeed as the leader of Israel: strength and courage.

Yet, God is not talking about strength and courage in battle, he is talking about something far more fundamental. God says he needs these attributes when it comes to keeping the Law. There will constantly be temptations to turn to the right or left hand, away from the laws of God, it will take both elements, and a meditation on the laws of God, for Joshua to overcome.

It does not matter in what age of time a man resides, it is never easy to keep the Law of God. Keeping God’s Word is never popular and there are always people and emotions pulling us in other directions, tempting us to make decisions contrary to the will of God. Only with strength, courage, and a reliance upon God can we fulfill all God desires in leading us.

Be strong, and very courageous.

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“Teach them Diligently”

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, ESV)

We have all heard the emphasis on the necessity to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, and might. It is the core of what is necessary to be a child of God. Of equal importance, however, is the preparation of that love in the next generation. That will only be brought forth by one means: diligent work. Passive mentions of God and occasional (or even regular) trips to worship services will not be enough to develop a deep love for God in our children. He must be present in our lives from sunrise to sunset, in everything that we do, everywhere we go. If we are diligent in teaching God and his ways to our children, there is a strong likelihood they will grow to have the love for God that will keep them faithful servants the rest of their lives. If we do not, we will force them to try to figure it out for themselves in years to come, and many will not succeed. Do you love the Lord enough to teach him and his ways diligently to your children?

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