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Scripture: Joshua 1:9
The promise: “’This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’”
Observation: Following the death of Moses, God called Joshua to be his successor to lead the Israelites. In his words to Joshua, God promises that he’ll always be with him and, therefore, Joshua has no reason to fear the future.
Application: “Am I enough?”
It’s a simple question loaded with possibility and pressure.
It’s a simple question that we so easily allow to distract us, discourage us, and determine our worth.
It’s a simple question that gives birth to fear and compromises our trust in God and others.
It’s a simple question that leads to a whole lot of complications in our lives.
During the first chapter of this book, God calls Joshua to lead his people into the Promised Land. I can only imagine that Joshua is wondering what we wonder all too often: “Am I enough?”
His question wasn’t unwarranted. Joshua certainly had valid reasons to be fearful of the unknown – his mentor and teacher, Moses, passed away. Now, he was left to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, something his great successor never accomplished. Fear and a lack of faith held the people back from entering the land God had promised them, and now young Joshua, without his fearless mentor and friend, was charged with leading the people into Canaan. On the surface, the odds really weren’t in his favor.
Yet, with the Lord in his corner, the odds were ever in his favor. In fact, there weren’t really any odds at all – with God in his corner, the victory was already his.
And with God in our corner, the victory is already ours, too.
We may not be leading the Israelite people, but we’re all leading something – ourselves, our spouse, our children, our team, our friends. And so often, we compromise our success by letting that simple question – “Am I enough?” – erode our trust in ourselves, in the God who has created and called us.
God answered Joshua’s “Am I enough?” question with this simple promise:
“I will be with you wherever you go.”
It turns out that the simple act of God being with us is everything we need.
He promises he’s with us – which means we have peace, joy, hope, eternal life. No matter what life throws at us, he is always with us. And when he is with us, we are always enough.
Bad day? He’s there.
Divorce? He’s there.
Rejection? He’s there.
Addiction? He’s there.
Failure? He’s there.
Financial troubles? He’s there.
Inadequacy? He’s there.
Our circumstances may change, but our God is constant. And he is more than enough.
“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” – Psalm 73:26
Prayer: God, I humbly ask that you simply be with me in my circumstances. I pray I won’t let my fear hijack my faith, that you’ll fill me with your strength and courage. Amen.
Digging Deeper: Take a few minutes to memorize today's focus verse. Write it on a sticky note to put on your car dashboard or mirror, set it as the lock screen on your phone, say it aloud a few times throughout the day -- whatever will help make it stick.