8Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:8-9
Last week, I challenged your priorities. This week is all about your source. If you have grown up in church or been around for a while, you have probably heard and read verse 9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” But rarely, do we read and think about the importance of verse 8.
Anyone can puff out their chest and look within themselves to find courage, but those feelings of bravery flee at the first sight of trouble. This passage calls us to find our source of strength and courage in God and that He is with us wherever we go. But here’s the problem: many of us don’t see why that’s such a big deal. Why does it matter that God is with me in every situation? This is where the “Book of the Law” comes in, or in our case, the Bible.
When you spend time reading the Bible you begin to understand how great, gracious and good God is. This understanding and wisdom helps you to see God in you and all around you. You realize His presence with you and are empowered to walk through whatever you face with strength and courage. Although the presence of God in your life and the reading of the Bible don’t guarantee victory on the field, God does promise victory for us over sin and death.
Some of you may be thinking how this affects your game today, and I would point out the necessity of strength and courage it takes to be an athlete. As athletes, we are tested every time we compete. On top of our games and practices, added expectations and pressures can be overwhelming. My challenge for you is take seriously the words of God in scripture. Believe God can speak to you through them and allow His Spirit to fill you with strength and courage.
- Mediate on the passage above. Let God speak to you.
- Pray that God would fill you with a desire to read the Bible.
- Ask God to be your source of strength and courage.