“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” God said that to Joshua when he told him to lead his people into the Promised Land and take possession of it. A daunting task, Joshua was trailed by a dusty band of wanderers, not a warrior among them. But God said “be courageous” because courage is faith made visible in an act. Courage is the evidence that we trust God with our life. Today, though, who needs courage? Technology promises to guard and keep us. A smart phone is with you wherever you go.
What is the first thing Joshua did? He sent spies into the land. What are we up against? Do we know? Let the spies report. We are safely protected on all sides but one, our souls. There we have never been more dangerously exposed. Unseen, unrecognized, unknown, an enemy lays waste human souls with a lullaby: “No worries; nothing matters. There is no Promised Land.”
The times call for risking everything. Be wakeful. Be courageous.
Prayer: Your everlasting love, O Father, is the Promised Land; make our souls long for you. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Gary Blobaum,
Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Sumter, SC.