Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Heavenly Father, as we stand before the giants of our lives, we remember the words You spoke to Joshua, reminding him of Your presence and the courage that comes with it. You have called us to be strong and courageous, not because of our own strength, but because You are with us. Jesus, in the moments You walked on earth, You faced challenges and adversaries with a divine courage that stemmed from Your unwavering faith in the Father. We seek that same courage, a courage that defies human understanding, a courage that can stand in the midst of storms, face mountains of adversity, and tackle valleys of despair. Help us to look beyond our fears, insecurities, and doubts, and to fix our eyes upon You, drawing strength from Your unwavering love and promises. As Peter stepped out of the boat amidst the waves, may our faith embolden us to step out in courage, trusting in You. Amen.
Joshua 1:9 is a powerful affirmation from God to Joshua as he is about to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. The task ahead was monumental and fraught with challenges. Yet, God reminds Joshua that the source of his courage should not come from his own abilities but from the presence of God that would accompany him. The promise was clear: God would never leave him nor forsake him.
The life of Jesus also serves as a testament to this courage born out of unwavering faith in God. Whether He was facing Pharisees, standing before Pilate, or even when He prayed in Gethsemane, His courage was evident. His trust in the Father, even unto death, exemplifies the deepest form of courage – a courage rooted in love, faith, and surrender.
Similarly, the episode with Peter stepping out of the boat to walk on water showcases the courage that faith can bring (Matthew 14:28-31). Though Peter began to sink when he took his eyes off Jesus, it was his initial courage that allowed him to step out into the stormy seas, and this was drawn from his faith in Christ’s command.
Thus, this prayer and the accompanying verse invite us to draw our courage from the everlasting wellspring of God’s love, presence, and promise. It is a reminder that in every challenge we face, we are not alone, and our courage is magnified when we trust in God.