"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts
be troubled and do not be afraid."
Moses had died and Israel’s new leader, Joshua, faced a challenge. It was natural for Joshua to fear the task. The Lord told him to take courage, for the fulfillment of His promise to His people required victory in war against the Canaanites. Israel had a major role to play before the inheritance would be theirs. The words God spoke to Joshua imparted strength and confidence. Israel would succeed if they obeyed God.
When Jesus knew He would soon be leaving His disciples, He encouraged them also with the promise of Another, like Himself, who would lead and counsel them. The Holy Spirit would give strength to the 12 to be victorious as they lived out Christ’s commission.
Like the Israelites and the disciples, we too are led by One who speaks courage and wisdom. “Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9b). As 2013 unfolds, we may encounter battles, new illnesses, disappointments. But our Savior and Lord goes with us each step of the way.
"FOR GOD DID NOT GIVE US A SPIRIT OF TIMIDITY, BUT A SPIRIT OF POWER, OF LOVE AND OF SELF-DISCIPLINE."
(2 TIMOTHY 1:7)