Today’s “Bible Pick ‘Ems” comes from the book of Joshua.
Moses, the great leader of the Israelites, handpicked Joshua to be his assistant. God later confirmed his choice when He instructed Moses to commission Joshua as his successor (Numbers 27:15-23).
Joshua was a hero. He was smart, confident, brave, and faithful to God.
Today’s verses are inspiring. They talk about courage – courage that comes from complete trust in a powerful God, a God who assures us of victory.
Joshua 10:8, 25, 42
“ ‘Do not be afraid of them,’ the LORD said to Joshua, ‘for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.’
‘Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged,’ Joshua told his men, ‘for the LORD is going to do this to all of your enemies.’
“…for the LORD…was fighting for his people.”
Who are our enemies?
Temptations, struggles, failures, suffering – so many earthly circumstances threaten to steal away our peace. They can lead us into the dark valleys of discouragement, destruction, and despair.
And there is another enemy – a very real enemy – Satan. He is described in the Bible as a “devouring lion.” He is constantly on the hunt, looking for ways to ruin us – to steal away our trust in a good God. He has clever and effective weapons. He knows how to get to us at our weakest point. He delights in our vulnerability.
But, we too can claim the promise of God – “Not a SINGLE ONE OF THEM will be able to stand up to you.”
The very same God who empowered Joshua, is the same God who will help us with ALL of our needs.
He ALONE gives us victory – He ALONE delivers us from our enemies.
“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
"If God is for us, who can ever be against us?" (Romans 8:31b)
How goes your battle?!
"When in doubt, search God out!"