Acts 8:26-40; Joshua 1-2; Job 21
I always laugh when people talk about my “religion being a crutch.” They imply that following God is for the weak minded who can’t think on their own. Have you ever run into someone like that? In truth, if we are really following God’s plan for our life we can’t be weak. We will encounter all kinds of difficulties and opposition. The command God gave Joshua reminds us that we must be strong and courageous. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Three times God calls on Joshua to be strong and courageous – and then the call is echoed by the people. We may face physical opposition as many of our brothers and sisters in Christ do today. They face death, enslavement and torture. To them God says, “Be strong and courageous.” We face intellectual and mental opposition as people try to silence us and our beliefs through ridicule or faulty logic. To us God says, “Be strong and courageous.” We face opposition from those within the faith who would use their faith not as a reason to be obedient to God but for personal gain. We face opposition from those within the faith who would substitute their feelings for the truth of God’s word. God says again, “Be strong and courageous.” Following Jesus is not a job for the weak in heart. Today, remember that when you face any opposition whether it be a minor annoyance or the threat of loss of life, God says, “Be strong and courageous.”
Lord, it’s far too easy to be silent or to give in than to stand for You. Your truth will prevail no matter what I do or how I react. Make me the kind of man who will always be strong and courageous for You.