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

Joshua 1: 9

 

And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.”

Matthew 17: 7

 

What is there to fear? Why has the subject of fearlessness been on the lips of God throughout history? God knows that we humans are not so very strong and courageous on our own. He has watched us shrink away from the brave act and the bold statement far too many times to count.

I am painfully aware that my own experience of boldly going where the Lord calls me to go is not very different from Joshua’s; and from Peter, James, and John’s. The Lord felt the need to tell all of us that we did not need to be afraid when we are in His presence, and we do not have any reason to be afraid when He is present with us, either.

Through God’s gracious love we can stand tall in this life. This is not because of prideful arrogance, but it is due to Christ’s transformational work in our hearts. As we have been dressed in the purity of Christ and given a place in the throne room of God, our life in the here and now has been elevated to one that is to be lived in the glory and the honor that is God’s. We simply need to recognize our new reality, and we need to decide to surrender to Christ’s work in us so that we can live in it.

 

Jesus tells us to, “Arise”. He wants us to get up out of our self-imposed misery of fear and doubt, and He will take us into the adventure and the glory of His purpose. Even when there are fearsome giants or powerful Pharisees waiting to attack us, we can face the day with the boldness of Christ. and we can claim the victory over evil that He has already won. Christ will take us forward into the promised land of a life in which every minute is lived in God’s purpose, with His blessing, and surrounded by His glory.