Have I not commanded you? “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1: 9


There is a very interesting characteristic that God brings into His relationship with me and with all of His children. The Lord provides instruction, direction, and commands that we approach life in certain ways; yet, He never tells us to go forth and do it out of our own resources and in our own strength. We usually have the option of doing that, but when we exercise that option, we are doing so because of our own unwillingness to open up our level of need to God and, at least for me, due to a stubborn drive to do things on my own, in my own time, and using my own comfortably familiar resources. Why do I keep on doing things this way? My guess is that this is part of the life-long learning process that is also central to my relationship with God.


In Christ, I have been given everything that I will need to navigate through life successfully; yet, my capacity to trust Him, and the consistency and the depth of my faith are still in their formative years. Although deeply invested in mid life, I get to go back to childhood and learn to walk again. Despite a life-long relationship with God, I find myself behaving as if we just met. When this happens, He proves the silliness of all of my reluctance to do things His way, for it seems that when I have been the most stubborn and when I have been behaving in the worst of my “I’ll do it my way” isolated decision making and responses to life’s challenges, the Lord is His most loving and involved with me.


While I am in the middle of all of my worry and concern, God’s hands will be on my shoulder; when I am heading in the wrong direction, His voice will speak telling me to change my path; and regardless of the mess that I have made of things, the Lord provides me with the resources to return to a place where I can serve His will.


Living life requires strength and courage; it is very easy to become frightened and overwhelmed by all of the dangers, challenges, and potential disasters that exist in our world; that is why the Lord goes with us every step of the journey. The strength that we require comes from His mighty hands, the courage from His immense heart, with His wisdom we can be truly fearless, and God’s absolute love drives away worry and concern.