Wednesday, November 1 – Joshua 10:8

Oct 31, 2023

And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have handed them over to you; not one of them will stand against you.”

 

These three words are repeated throughout the Bible: “Do not fear.” This is often spoken from God to His people. It is the reminder that He gives across generations and circumstances—in the wild storm and the scary battle. Kids are afraid of many things like car washes, thunderstorms, and visits to the doctor’s office. The parent, understanding the reason for their fear, will often console them saying, “You will be okay, I promise.” At the end of the day, the parent may not be able to change the circumstances, but they can assure the child with their presence during the difficult moment.

 

When God tells us not to be afraid, it’s not because He’s ignorant to the problem; rather, it’s because He wants us to find security in His presence despite our circumstances. From the very beginning, God assured the Israelites with His presence when He said, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). This instruction was partnered with the reminder that God was in control even if it didn’t seem like it. Instead of fearing our circumstances, what if we turned to God, asking Him to remind us of His presence? What if we trusted Him when He said, “I will be with you”? As followers of Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit living inside us; we have His help in times of trouble; and we need not fear.

 

  • Where do you find yourself fearful right now?
  • What would it look like to trust God instead give into fear in the middle of a hard moment?
  • Pray and ask God to remind you of His presence in times of trouble.
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