What was the source of Joshua’s courage? Joshua had been chosen by the Lord to lead Israel, Moses was dead, and Joshua heart might well failed “And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.” ((Jos.3:7)
To Joshua a great task was given. He was not only to lead the Israelities, but to lead them in battle, and against foes more numerous and better prepared for war than themselves. “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Mt.16:18,19)
It was in this matter of courage that the people had given way already.“But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.” (Jos.13:21)
The Lord mercifully strengthens us in our weak times in life “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (II.Cor.12:9)
The Lord does not discipline us where we are strong, but on the side where our strength is weak.
Let us keep in mind, that Jesus add his direct blessings to us, and gives us his direct help to us if we are obedient “And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;” (Ex.3:7)
He deliver the people from Egypt he, worked many miracles in the wilderness, the walls of Jericho fall without any cause in ordinary law.
Samuel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Daniel, and many prophets are full of incidents of God’s direct power “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” (Lk.10:17)
The Psalms tell us of the angels that encamp about them that fear the Lord. The Old Testament. and the Testament often declares angels coming to our guidance, comfort, and help us alone life’s way.
It is with the infinite discernment of omniscience that the King of kings watches over us, and says to us, “I will be with thee.”
Courage will reposed to God’s promises.
Almost all who profess religion have the faith of a creed. We believe in certain doctrine, we have more or less fully outlined, a theological ideal of the way to heaven “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Ac.2:38) all this is great, but God also requires faith.
The faith which God seeks is faith in himself, as always being with his people to help them “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb.11:6)
It is faith in his watchfulness, faith in his presence, Faith in his love, faith in his purpose and his power, It is faith in victory everywhere through himself “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Ro.8:37)
Caleb and Joshua might differ in their understanding of the Passover, or the exact meaning of the service on the great day of atonement.
But when we deny the Saviour”s divinity that shews our like of trust in God, praying to images, to the dead show distrust toward God.. We must have faith in God at all times “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness “ (Ro.10:10)
When we are tempted to do wrong by the promise of great gain, can we remember God and dare to be true?
When temptation promise present pleasure, can we remember our father’s warning and for better promises, and be firm to deny ourselves?
When call to lose our best loved ones, can we look into the awful darkness, and rest in his words about their happiness and our own profit?
When bidden to teach, or preach, or live the Gospel in the face of bitter enemies, can we hear him say “Lo, I am with yo always.” Let us pray “Lord increase our courage”
God does require courage, yet fear has its proper place and often does its perfect work.
The Lord never intended that we should feel no fear. We are to fear and distrust ourselves.
We are to fear danger as something beyond our own strength, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” according to Solomon.
We are to “Work out our own “salvation in fear and trembling” According to (Phil.2:12)
But all fear as we look within, is to be stayed in courage as we look up to God “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much ” (Lk.16:10)
We admire courage in its concept. The Lord loves courage only when it prompted truth and righteousness, Daniel, David, the apostles before the Sanhedrin. What courage God has given us to stand “If thou hast run with the footmen:” (Jer.12:5)
Joshua had proved his courage in days gone by that he was qualified for the higher position of trust (Ex.17:9) (Num13:1) Yet in many circumstances Joshua experienced miraculous manifestations, Divine rewitnessed the wonders in Egypt and at the Red Sea, had been with Moses in the mount, had direct communication from God to himself (Deut.31).