Having fearless faith in the midst of feeling afraid and discouraged
July 18, 2018
Brodie Croyle, Executive Director
I have been drawn to and captivated by the account of Moses and Joshua, and how applicable it is to our lives today. Moses was a great leader, a great man who God used in mighty ways. But one seemingly small crisis of faith for Moses led to a moment when he died looking at all God had planned for him, but never making it into the Promised Land. God then used Joshua at a pivotal time to complete the promise to His chosen people.
In the first chapter of Joshua, God told him three times to be strong and courageous. As fierce, committed and wise as Joshua was, he still had to be reminded to be strong and courageous in spite of what he would face and in spite of what he would feel as he traveled the journey God was about to send him on. I don’t know about you, but this gives me hope that even a rockstar of the Bible needed this reminder because God knew that as Joshua followed Him, fear and discouragement would also come. God knew there would be moments in Joshua’s walk of faith when he would feel overwhelmed, alone, weak. Much like us, there are times when Joshua surely felt those things, but he couldn’t become those things. There was too much at stake. He would have to cling to the instruction to be strong and courageous and fight, fully believing that God truly would be with him wherever he went. He had to obey every stitch of instruction trusting that God would prove faithful.
The account of the Battle of Jericho in Joshua 6 begins with just that – God’s faithfulness. God starts with a declaration of victory, followed by His instruction to Joshua. He declared before Joshua’s battle began, that Jericho had been delivered into his hands.
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” Joshua 6:2-5
God said through Joshua’s life the very same thing He speaks into ours – that He is bigger than any difficult moment, all we have to do is trust Him and submit in full obedience down to the smallest detail. This life surely brings distractions, chaos, and tragedy delivering moments that make us feel as though we’ve lost. BUT through Christ’s shedding of blood, death and resurrection, we have already won the battle!