Oct 7, 2022
Joshua 1:6 — “Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.”
We continue the intriguing saga of Joshua’s walk into the promised land. Joshua 1:6 states that the foundation of giving the inheritance of the land is the word of authority from God that gave the land to their fathers. Now after giving the unchangeableness of this promise a requirement is made to be strong and very courageous. There is never the receiving of a blessing without the requirement to be strong and courageous, or to be firm and steadfast. The reason for this requirement is seen in the next few chapters, where the enemies of Israel were occupying the land of Israel’s inheritance and the enemies contested Israel’s right to be there. Even if the gifts are given by God there must be firmness or strength of conviction and courage or the ability to be steadfast so that which is given is kept. That which is given as a gift or an inheritance must not be lost because of weakness or cowardice. There is no uncontested blessing or express trains from Egypt to Canaan. God’s requirement of strength and courage is His mercy displayed so that my character, my inner man, will conform to His Word not the world. He knows that the giving of inheritance is only the beginning and since the enemy has no power to alter my inheritance, he then must create fear and confusion so I am pushed back into a wilderness life of futility. So be strong and very courageous. This is my part as I serve notice to the devil that my days of weakness are over.