Today's VerseThis 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. — Joshua 1:8 ESV
DevotionJoshua faces many challenges and concerns as he is about to lead the Israelites into the promised land. The Lord tells him: I commanded you to be strong and courageous. Don't be frightened Joshua, because I will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).
To be courageous and strong, to live without fear, those characteristics are appealing. As Christians, our testimony to our neighbors is one of hope and perspective, not of fear and concern. But how? How do we have that attitude in these circumstances?
What comes in goes out. Take some time to think: what are you taking in every day? It is so easy to watch the news, read the papers, search for the latest articles and videos about the pandemic. The concerns of the world become the concerns of Christians if we allow them to consume us. The Lord reminds Joshua in today's verse: "meditate on My Words day and night."
Humble yourself and allow God to speak through His Word and inspire you to be a testimony of hope and perspective, not fear.
If Joshua would have only looked at his circumstances, all the cities and people he needed to conquer, he would have been discouraged and afraid. The Lord reminded him, "don't look at the concerns ahead, look at Me!" The source of Joshua's courage and strength was God who revealed Himself in His precious Word.
As we navigate this uncertain time, be sure to mediate on His Word. Don't focus so much on the news, the articles, the videos. Feed your heart the truth. Find your strength and perspective in the Bible.
By Jos Snoep, President and CEO of Bible League International