In this great big world wherever we are God promises to be with us. He does not want us to be afraid or discouraged, instead He tells us to be strong and courageous. God promises us this in the Bible; because of this we can find peace in knowing that His word is true.
Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
Those words can bring so much peace in difficult times and during the best of times. When I read this scripture it stood out to me and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. Every time we feel afraid or discouraged God promises to be with us and knowing that, we can be strong and courageous. Think about it, how many times during the week or even in one day can we feel discouraged? It doesn’t even have to be huge events, it could be as small as not getting everything done in the day we had planned, or feeling afraid about presenting something at work, or going for run our business.
It’s very easy to become discouraged because sometimes we set unrealistic goals for ourselves like taking on too much in one day. Also it’s in our human nature to try and figure out life by making plans according to what we think is best. Instead what we should do is bring our hopes, desires, dreams, and all worries to God and ask Him to guide our days according to His plan for our lives.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
God promises us that He is with us wherever we go so next time we feel nervous, afraid, or discouraged turn to God and ask Him to help us be the strong courageous person God created us to be. If now we have friends who are going through some difficult time, lets we pray for them, ask God to give them strength and courage and that they would not feel afraid or discouraged. Pray and proclaim Joshua 1:9 for ourselves and the others in your life. May we find peace in Gods promises knowing that He is true to His word and that He loves us wherever we goes. Amen
“God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.” (2 Samuel 22:30-32)
Karina – Young Christian Woman Career Fellowship
Photo credit: Huangshan mountain, China.