“Be strong and of good courage… do not cower.
Do not heed your fears. Take the land I have given you to possess.”
Joshua is one of my favorite books of the Bible. The third chapter in particular grips me every time. So thankful Christine shared about the Lord using Joshua to encourage her to worship Him during battles of all kinds.
Genuinely praising God amidst the crazy and chaotic takes strength.
That’s the word this week, pulled from Joshua 1: Be Strong.
“Be Strong” is a Verb
I’m referring to the word strengthen because in this verse, in context, “be strong” means “grow strong” or, simply “strengthen.” It’s an action word.
Strength is not something we just possess. To be strong is to exert power. It’s to use what you have been given with might.
Strengthening is Multi-Faceted
Sometimes being strong means grasping something tightly. That might involve seizing hold of it…or it may mean clinging with force to what is already in your grip.
When you exert strength, it takes effort and sustenance. You must firm up your muscles- even your Spiritual muscles.
Strength Derives from Something Given
“Adopt” and “apply” are some of the first words listed in the definition of strengthen. The potential of the power and might have been given. The Lord’s promises have been made and His call has been issued.
To be strong is to apply what has been given. Flex the faith-muscle God has been growing.
Being Strong Means Relying on the Lord
Another aspect of “be strong” is “be encouraged,” or, “fasten.” What is it that the Israelites were called to be strong in? What is it we’re to fasten ourselves to, take hold of, and grip with all our strength?
God’s promises. Be strong in taking hold of God’s promises.
Securely and resolutely take hold of the one who is growing you.
That’s what it is to be strong: to flex our God-given muscles in the battles we face.
We take hold and flex in praise, in faithful following, and, as the verses that follow state, in obedience.
Will you stretch and flex from the soul with me today?
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