Fear often drives us to live predictably and take the “safe” path. But are we really safe? What could possibly make children of Almighty God—AFRAID?
Let’s take a look at Israel right before they entered the promised land. Moses had died and Joshua was newly commissioned. The giants were still occupying the land. The odds were stacked highly against them. But—God promised Joshua,
“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:3, 5-8)
Joshua took God’s promise to give him the land of his enemies—all the way to the bank. He knew GOD would give him success IF he followed GOD’S way. He took God’s Word and integrated it into his entire life. Joshua developed an invincible mindset because he was walking with unconquerable God.
God’s path is always the “safe” path—because HE is there.
Joshua faced Jericho, which from the outside looked invincible. God told him—not to attack it—but to have his army march around it armed with horns and trumpets. These battle instructions probably didn’t look “safe,” but Joshua knew obedience was more important than the path which made sense to him. When the trumpets blew and those huge walls fell down flat—it was clear that GOD gave him this impossible victory. (Joshua 6)
The safest place to live is in absolute obedience to God. Obedience keeps us safe because it keeps us with Him. It is proof of our love and allegiance to Him. His rules protect our heart. His greatest law is love. When we find ourselves lacking courage to do what seems impossible it’s likely because we’ve fallen out of love with God. This is not a safe way to live. We will never feel as courageous without God as we do with Him.
Our greatest courage comes from God. He loves us more than anyone. God’s Spirit will not take us where His strength cannot keep us.
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