Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified; do not be
discouraged, for the LORD
your God will be with you
wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 NIV
Do you have the courage to hope? Job did. In Job 13:15 we read his words, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him…” King David did. In Psalm 25:5 we read his words, “…my hope is in you all day long.” The prophet Micah did. In Micah 7:7 we read his words, “But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD…”
What is hope? Strong’s Concordance defines hope as “to wait expectantly.” Webster’s dictionary defines hope as “desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment.” I define hope as expectantly waiting on God to act on my behalf.
It takes courage to hope. After the death of Moses, God told Joshua, “You and all these people get ready to cross the Jordan River…” Joshua’s instant promotion from the position of aide to the role of leader probably caused him to shake in his sandals. But God’s promise in Joshua 1:9 must have given Joshua courage to hope; …”for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Are you discouraged as you wait for answers to life’s situations? Is there something you need? Healing. Provision. Reconciliation. Take courage in the LORD as you wait on God to act on your behalf. Remember His words to Joshua, “for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” God is your courage to hope!