It’s sometimes hard to choose just one verse from Scripture as a “favorite.” There are so many that mean a lot to me, and many of them make their way into my work over and over again. But this passage from Joshua, I think, is the one that means the most to me. God spoke these words to Joshua after the death of Moses, when Joshua was taking over as leader of the Isrealites. That had to be a stressful time. I imagine he,probably more than once,wanted to run for the hills, if there were any in that area. After all, the Isrealites had spent 40 years ignoring Moses and disobeying God; why would Joshua think they’d teat him any differently?
But God spoke to him. He reminded Joshua that this wasn’t about Joshua, it was about God and a promise He had made hundreds of years before. The words must have brought such peace to the new leader’s heart. They sure do calm mine. I pray they bring a measure of peace and comfort to you as well.
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all of the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:7-9, New Living Translation