Words from the Heart for Thursday July 7th, 2016
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Be Strong and Courageous
If you could see the physical presence of God with you, would His nearness change your decisions? Your resolve? He is with you! In the face of tough decisions, remember He is eager to help you to walk with courage and conviction!
The Star of Courage is a decoration that is the second highest award for bravery within the Canadian system of honours, and one of the three Canadian Bravery Decorations gifted by Canada’s ruling monarch. On 1 May 1972, Queen Elizabeth II, on the advice of her Cabinet under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, created the Star of Courage to recognize acts of great bravery. The medal is presented to both living and deceased individuals deemed to have performed “”acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril.” Any person may be nominated for the Star of Courage; it is not necessary that the act of bravery take place in Canada, nor must the person who carried out the act be a Canadian. However, the event must have involved Canadians and/or Canadian interests. 420 people have received the Star of Courage.
Overcoming our fears always takes courage. There are some people who are naturally courageous but most human beings are not, and are driven to courage by circumstances, compassion or passion. Joshua was called of God to lead the people of Israel after Moses had passed away. He was to take them into the Promised Land, which was filled with people who did not want them there. The Lord knew that there would be battles to win, temptations to overcome, houses to build and crops to plant. Keeping the twelve tribes unified would take supernatural wisdom – so Joshua kept them with their eyes on the goal rather than each other. Joshua would prove to be a great leader. Where did his courage come from? God gave this command and promise to the new Israelite leader in Joshua 1:9: “””Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” I love the many commands in the Bible that come with a promise. And this one certainly does. God commands Joshua to be strong and courageous. But Joshua was only human, so the promise is made – the Lord would be with him wherever he went. And He is with us as well. God never abandons us. And He never gives an unfunded mandate. What has God called you to do for Him that will require courage? Do not be afraid – He is with you.
These have been words from the heart.