Have I not commanded you to be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1: 9 NIV
Life is not always easy and sometimes God calls us to circumstances that only He can get us through. It is in these times that God wants us to look to Him for courage and strength. As with Joshua and the Israelites, God told Joshua to see his battles as victories because God Himself was going to be with them everywhere they went and fight the battles for them. God wanted Joshua, as He wants us, to look to Him for strength and courage to do the hard things in life.
While we are currently serving God in Uganda, we are also adopting a little girl. The adoption process is not easy and is a literal emotional roller coaster of delays, questions, uncertainties, and motives that are not clear. Still, I heard God speak clearly that I should be strong, courageous and not fear or be discouraged. In my flesh I think to myself I didn’t sign up for all this God. But as I put my eyes on Jesus and His Word, I know that God is with our family during this process. In the end, God will be glorified and a sweet little soul will have a home where she is loved and cared for. So no matter the situation, remember God is with you and in Him you can be strong and courageous.
Lord Jesus, please help me to keep my eyes on You at all times. Help me Lord to remember that it is not in my strength that I accomplish what You have for me, but it is in Your Strength. May I remember that in You, I can be strong and courageous, and I do not have to fear or be discouraged because You are with me everywhere I go. In Jesus Christ’s Name, I pray. Amen.
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