It’s been one of those days.
Today was a little rough. But there is good news, God is stronger. While sitting by the river this evening, God opened my eyes to a few things.
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Whenever things in life get difficult, we (human beings) automatically default to feeling bad for ourselves. We mope around and convince ourselves how terrible our lives are. Then we go into “Why is God doing this to me?” mode. When in fact, bad situations are usually due to poor decisions that we have made, or direct attacks from the enemy. The latter, is almost always due to the fact that God is about to do something amazing, and you are going to be part of that!
Today, was one of those “Poor Me” days. A couple of things went awry, and instantly I was frustrated and felt really bad for myself. “Oh things are sooo terrible” I thought to myself. When in fact, I was actually just being cowardly. In the scriptures, Moses reminded Joshua to be courageous in front of all of Israel!
Deuteronomy 31:7 New Living Translation (NLT)
7 Then Moses called for Joshua, and as all Israel watched, he said to him, “Be strong and courageous! For you will lead these people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors he would give them. You are the one who will divide it among them as their grants of land.
And then, the Lord encouraged him again in the first chapter of Joshua.
Joshua 1:5-9 New Living Translation (NLT)
5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.
6 “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 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.”
Now, Joshua actually had something to worry about. He was called by God to lead the nation of Israel, when he had no prior leadership experience at all. His mentor Moses was dead, and he had to find a way to do what God had told him to do.
#1. He had to trust God.
#2. He had to make the decision to stop living in fear, and lead.
This piece of scripture is really relative to when bad things happen to us. Like my day today, I could remain frustrated, and feel sorry for myself. Or, I can move forward, remembering that God has called me to be confident in him. Don’t get me wrong, I had a really bad day. But I had make the decision (cause no one is going to do that for me) to regain my focus, and remember that I serve an all powerful God that will not let me down. He promised to be with me every step of the way.
Perhaps this lesson is something you needed to hear? Are things frustrating and difficult in your life right now? Feeling depressed, lost, and don’t know what else to do? Cry out to Jesus. Tell him what is going on, and how it is impacting your life and your thinking. Don’t forget to praise him for all the Good things he has done. (because even though you feel bad, he is always good) Then get up and move!! And be prepared, as a follower of Jesus, you are going to consistently be under attack. The enemy wants you to feel horrible, so that you begin to believe that God has forsaken you. DON’T FALL FOR THAT!! Check out Peter’s warning about this below.
1 Peter 5:8-9 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers[a] all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.
Let Peter’s words radiate in your mind for a minute.
Remember, you are not alone.
Don’t Give up friends! Be courageous! The battle you are going through will be long, and difficult. But the war has already been won.
What do you think?
Till next time,