2 Minutes of Hope April 19, 2021
“Be Strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6
Reading this verse, I began to think…how much have I done (or not done), “because of them?”
So often I find myself feeling anxious, fearful, unworthy, unsettled, discontent because I’m focused on “them.” I allow myself to be afraid, “because of them.”
To the point where, I'm so focused on others that I forget who I am and Who goes with me wherever I go.
In context to this verse spoken to Joshua as he prepared to take over as leader over the Israelites, I can’t help but think...What if Joshua let the fear of these nations or what the Israelites would think of him as the new leader stop him? He would’ve forfeited a promise to an entire nation that spans generations and ultimately missed out on the purpose God had for Him.
So what does that mean for us? What God’s saying here is that your fate is so much bigger than your fears. Allowing your fate or fears to be determined by others is what keeps you from purpose.
Looking around can get you in a lot of trouble. Many times, your strength comes when you look within. When my eyes are fixed on God, I am strong and courageous. I can overcome because I know that in Him, I have already won.
The next time you feel discouraged, stop looking around and start looking within. God's already placed everything you need to succeed inside of you, and He is with you through it all. There's no mountain, no task, no situation that you can't handle because He is with you.
Thank You, Lord, for showing me your faithfulness. Time and time again, when it looks like things have come to a dead end, you reveal to me a new path to take.
Thank you, for your mercy and your grace, the kind that endures forever and is always there to restore my faith. When all hope is lost, when the walls are closing in, it's your love that reminds me who you've made me to be. Today I choose to be the faith filled person that you have created me to be.
In Jesus' name, Amen.