Joshua 1:9 in Modern Times: How to be Strong and Courageous Where You Are.

Last night, I had a few women over for what we call “The Table.”

Its basically our churches version of the “IF-Gathering” started by Jennie Allen in Austin Texas.

Here’s the original site if you are unfamiliar with the  If Gathering

My group meets once a month.

There are six women (including me that gather in my home) who enjoy a meal together, talk about a verse, and have conversation over four questions about the verse applied to real life.

Last night we discussed Joshua 1:9 which says, “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.”

What I began to discover during our discussion was what Joshua 1:9 looks like in a modern day woman’s life.

The book of Joshua is a battle book.

It’s all about working to get the victory promised by God. But sometimes that can look a little different in todays culture. We aren’t physically fighting a battle around the city of Jericho and we aren’t plundering our neighbors for the devoted things.

God clearly told Joshua to “BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS.”

And he tells us to be the same today.

So where are we supposed to be strong and courageous?

What does this kind of strength and courage look like today as a woman?

I will share one area where being strong and courageous is important in my life. 

I struggle walking into the church gym for Wednesday evening dinners. Every time I walk through the doors, the feeling brings me back to college lunch days where I struggled to find a place to sit if my friends were not in the cafe. The other ladies seemed shocked by that truth because I don’t look like I would struggle with this type of thing. I come over quite confident. But this struggle is real to me. I said, “Sometimes, I land where I see the first person I know at a table so I won’t be circling around looking for a place to sit holding food in my hands.” Being strong and courageous for me (there are lot of other things too) is bringing my son to church for dinner with his church family and not letting my feelings of “where do I sit?” keep me from taking him to Wednesday night meals.  My natural mind wants to be weak and fearful. But God wants me, commands me to be strong and courageous in him.

So what about you? Where and what is God calling you to be strong and courageous?

Here are some examples of where you may have to be “Strong and Courageous.”

  • Being strong and courageous may mean having to tell a person the truth in love.
  • Being strong and courageous may mean you have to say no to something so you can say yes to the best thing.
  • Being strong and courageous may mean being a mom who doesn’t follow the popular parenting methods of other moms and your child isn’t happy with your boundaries. But you know its what God has laid on your heart.
  • Being strong and courageous may mean you forge off into a new work adventure and feel uncomfortable in the whole process.
  • Being strong and courageous may mean you share the gospel to a person you see from time and to time and you feel the Holy Spirit nudging your heart to mention something.
  • Being strong and courageous may mean you have to do the hard work to obtain victory. Joshua did. He had to do the hard work to get the victory. God promised it. But God didn’t hand over the land on a silver plated platter. Joshua had to be strong and courageous when he probably didn’t feel strong and courageous.

Being strong and courageous is not a feeling. It’s a doing despite the feeling.

It’s an eye’s on God and not on the issue.