Thursday, September 29th, 2016
Suffering (Part 3)
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One Who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, 'Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, He is the One Who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.
Deuteronomy 31:6-8 (NKJV)
Both in Deuteronomy 31 and Joshua 1, God repeats Himself. Five times, God tells Joshua to 'Be strong.' Why? Because Joshua suffered from fear. During a 40-year wilderness trip, he acted with valor under Moses. But when Moses announced his retirement, Joshua had enormous shoes to fill.
Even more, he was called to wage big wars in the Promised Land's fortified cities.** So how did Joshua conquer his fears? He obeyed God and moved into the fight. Therein, he ignored the fear, so fear left. Because fear is best fought by strong action. Like most bullies, fear backs down from heroes.
My dad was a hero in World War II, flying and surviving against the odds. When I asked how my dad won his medals, I expected big stories of glory. What he said instead? 'I just did my job.' ***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Fear is a fiend from the pit of hell. Fear is an invisible spirit, speaking through witless accomplices, evil men or savage times, like war. Fear is a bomb, blasting on TV's, multiplying every bad report through its dark goal of publicity.
Fear is a weight, sitting on bare chests, pinning people with panic attacks, where molehills seem bigger than mountains. Fear is a fire, burning destinies, consuming the dreams of future stars, through naysayers and dread of failure.
Like my dad, you are fighter pilots, flying higher and faster than fear. Media needs godly dare devils, because the enemy can't touch you.
'Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you' (Luke 10:19).
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Judgment: Warfare, http://amtcdevotions.org/judgment-part-7-warfare
** Bible Verses with God's 'Be strong' Command: https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?search=be+strong&version=NKJV&searchtype=phrase
** Short article: Does God's promise to Joshua and Israel in Joshua 1:9 apply to us? http://www.gotquestions.org/God-promise-Joshua.html
*** Obituary of John Earle 'Jack' Lewis: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/charleston/obituary.aspx?n=john-earle-lewis-jack&pid=143849195
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.