Text: Joshua 1.9
Instead of being paralyzed by fear when harassed and insulted, Paul and Barnabas respond boldly (Acts 13.45-46). This boldness results in a joyous response from the Gentiles as they come to faith in Christ.
Because fear can stop us from completely trusting God as we “keep moving,” Scripture consistently reminds us to “fear not.” One of these reminders is found in Joshua 1 as the new leader of the Israelites, Joshua, is set to take over for the legendary Moses, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1.9).
We can be fearful of many things: a family member making poor decisions, results of a recent health test, the future following graduation, or continuing financial pressures. Even if we’re not fearful today, be assured the potential for fear is just around the corner. Because it is, we need to be prepared for it.
Today, as you confront the fear in your life, memorize Joshua 1.9. Write the verse on a 3 x 5 card and refer to it whenever you sense fear approaching.