Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
Moses said it to the Israelites, then he said it specifically to Joshua. The power in this verse is self-evident, but it carries even more power when we realize that the man speaking with such confidence was the same man who would never see the Promised Land. The man that led his people out of the bondage of slavery only to wander in the wilderness for 40 years because he allowed someone else’s disbelief to influence his leadership, reacting with emotion instead of anointing. He listened to the wrong voices and hesitated, allowing the Israelites’ lack of faith to rise stronger than his trust in God. So, they wandered for 40 long years. Still, he learned something in that wilderness. He learned about Who he could Trust. His admonition to the next generation was simply that, trust and obey God’s prompting. We can all look at our own lives and find something that we know we should do, but we are waiting. For the courage. Or maybe for the inspiration. Or better timing. Now is a good time to meditate on this verse, speak it aloud to yourself if needed, or maybe post it as a reminder somewhere you will see it often. If God has called you to do it, He will help you to get it done! Your first attempt may not be perfect. In fact, there is even a chance that it will be disastrous, but there is a quote that I love to repeat to myself when I am feeling overwhelmed at how much stepping out of my comfort zone may embarrass or unsettle me. It helps me take the first step. “Done is better than perfect.” Once done, you can improve upon your performance. The biggest hurdle will be jumped. Find your courage; pick a small step that you can start today! God has promised in His Word that He will be with you.