Joshua 1:9 says” Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Ne not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
We all know this verse by heart don’t we? It was spoken to Joshua right after Moses had died. We know what courageous means? For when we recite this scripture we focus more on the word courageous. Today I want us to focus on the word vigorous.
Joshua was humble and low in his own eyes, not distrustful of God, and his power and promise. But diffident of himself and of his own wisdom and strength and sufficiency for the work. Especially coming after so great a man as Moses; and therefore God repeats this so often and just like Joshua when we aren’t sure that we can do what God tells us to do, we begin to list several reasons why we can’t do that. Why do we rely upon our infirmities? The more we begin to believe we can’t we become dishearten just like Joshua did.
Joshua thought that he could not measure up to Moses, let alone get them to the promise land. But God saw how down in heart he became and God spoke to him and told him to Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Ne not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
God speaks to us and tells us to be strong and of good courage; let mot the sense of thy own infirmities dishearten thee; God is all-sufficient. Remember when God tells you that you can do it, don’t start making a list of reasons as to why you can’t or that God shouldn’t use you. Had Joshua would of listen to his own thoughts he never would of been a great man.