Be strong and of good courage... Only be strong and very courageous... Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua was a gifted assistant, the #2 man following Moses and a daring military leader. He fought when and how he was commanded, winning battle after battle through God. He was content in a supporting role.
But right before they reached the Promised Land, Moses announced his coming departure. Joshua would receive a promotion. #2 was becoming #1, and he had some very big shoes to fill. The mighty tasks ahead seemed to scare him.
In a small way, I felt similar fears. I was my mother's content assistant. She was a greatly respected model, and I was her shy, overweight daughter. Yes, I had some talents (thanks be to God). But when my mom got Parkinson's Disease, could my fat feet fit in her lovely shoes?
As Joshua rose to his occasion, God helped me rise to my own occasion, namely the running of AMTC.
So here's the thing about heroes and fear: When facing formidable risks or tasks, fear is an instinctual reaction. Losers feel fear, tuck their heads and lie low. Heroes feel fear, raise their heads and go fight.
Do they always win? Yes! Absolutely. Sometimes on this earth, but always beyond. Because death is not anyone's ending. It can be a doorway to victory.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.