In the book of Joshua, God instructed Joshua to discontinue his mourning of Moses and to move forward into the land that he had been promised. Within that scripture God told Joshua to be “strong and courageous”, “strong and of a good courage”, and to “be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed”. In other words, God was telling Joshua that he was to utilize the strength he had been given and that he was not to fear. Joshua had been given the appropriate time needed to mourn the death of Moses and now it was time for him to go and conquer that land of promise.
Many times God has promised us a “land of promise” that we often fail to conquer due to an unknowing yet hindering fear. This fear is commonly and unintentionally passed down from generation to generation. With our children carrying the same apprehension that hinders their dreams and visions. In a world filled with opportunities and risks, it takes courage to believe in the unbelievable. Even after deciding to believe, it then takes vision and the willingness to see ourselves in the place we are working to reach. Often times we wait for the support and approval of our loved ones, however, they may have an inability to see us in a place where they cannot see themselves. God is a God of examples and someone has to have the courage to be that example. There has to be an example of strength, an example of courage, an example of determination and an example of unbelievable success.
Just as when God spoke to Joshua and told him to “arise” because Moses was dead, God is speaking to many of us and telling us to arise. We must stop mourning those dead things and have the courage to believe in what lies ahead. Joshua had to get up and make a move in order to conquer the land that had been promised to his people. His success required faith, courage, strength, movement, determination and obedience. Joshua could not be distracted by those who complained and failed to believe. The promise was not made by people, it was made by God. Only God could lead Joshua into the land of milk and honey. Although it may seem impossible, never lose your faith. It can happen and it will happen if you maintain the courage to believe.
“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” Mark 9:23