"Do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
Exploring the unknown can be an adventure. To be asked to lead a nation of many thousands was a great challenge for Joshua. God set a great adventure before him when He chose Joshua to lead the people of Israel from the wilderness into the land of Canaan.
At first Joshua wondered whether he could handle the job. So God encouraged this servant who would succeed Moses: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." The task was tremendous, yet God assured Joshua, as He assures us: "The LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Putting our trust in the Lord, we can go on our way unafraid. He promises strength when strength is needed. He gives courage when courage is needed. He confirms our faith in Jesus, our Savior. His power and His presence in His Word and sacraments support us as we face the unborn tomorrow of opportunity and challenge. We don't know what God may require of us in our future. But whatever He requires, we will be able to perform because He will be with us always.
PRAYER: Speak a word of encouragement to us, Lord Jesus, as we face the uncharted waters of our future. Amen.
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