“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.”
Our memory verse this week directly addresses two of the feelings that go along with periods of anxiety: fear and distress. Being anxious ALWAYS involves a fear of something. This could be fear related to our lack of control of the outcome or of the outcome itself. And this almost always leads to distress. This is often mental distress – the kind that others don’t always see, but it is there.
In this bible story, God tells Joshua THREE time to “be strong and courageous.” Clearly, he needed reminded, as do we! God asked Joshua to do this in 3 instances: 1) leading His people, 2) obeying His word, and 3) in endurance. I think the first one is often a source of a mother’s anxiety – wondering if she is leading her children well. “Am I doing enough? I did yell a lot today….” But, two reminds us we are simply asked to be in and obey God’s word. The third, endurance, is probably the hardest for me. I like things to happen on my time, and when they don’t that’s when I go into Type A, “let’s organize this issue until it is fixed” mode. Anyone else? 😬 Just me? Awesome.
This verse tells us to be confident in God, in His promises, and in His presence rather than in ourselves.