Be Strong in the Lord

“Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, nor dismayed: for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9

Joshua, Moses’ successor and leader of the Hebrews in conquering Jericho, was told by God to be strong and courageous, and unafraid because God would be with Joshua wherever he went. He was strong in the Lord.

A while after slaying Goliath who defied the entire army of Israel, the psalmist David wrote, “Blessed be the Lord my strength….” (Psalm 144:1) Verse 2 of the same psalm describes what God was to him—his fortress, deliverer, and his shield in battle. Unlike the humanists who boast of their own strength and wisdom, David knew that his strength came from God. He was strong in  the Lord.

Samuel. a prophet and judge of Israel, called God “the strength of Israel. As long as the Hebrews trusted in their God alone, the Lord would give them victory over their enemies. But if they began to exalt themselves, He would allow other nations to rule over them.

Believers, often called “spiritual Israel” need to remember that our strength is not in who we are or what we can do, but it is only in the Lord. Isn’t the builder of the house greater than the house itself? That thought should keep us humble, even when God’s blessings pour down upon us. If we boast of our own strength, God can reduce us to spiritual poverty. How can we ask Him for anything more if we don’t give him recognition for the victories that we have already been given?

If we know that our strength comes from God, then he will hold our head up and calm our heart as we fight our inner battles or external persecution.  Max Lucado, a well known Christian author wrote, “The key question in life is not “How strong am I?” , but rather “How  strong is God?” Christ follows every believer and gives him strength to endure in all situations. Let us not faint in our unbelief! (Judy Whittaker)


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