Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 30-31
Be strong and courageous.
This will not be the last time we hear these words. These are the "Joshua" words. These are the words that defined Joshua's call and character.
"Joshua" means "Jehovah is Salvation." In English, we say "Joshua." The Hebrew is "Yeshua." In Aramaic, the name is "Jesus." "He shall save his people from their sin."
The call upon Joshua's life was to live a life of strength and courage grounded in the sure and certain knowledge that God was his and his people's salvation. The call upon Jesus' life was to live a life of strength and courage grounded in the sure and certain knowledge that, as God, and, with God, salvation would be accomplished. As Christians, the call upon our lives is to live life with courageous strength, knowing that we know that we know God is our salvation and nothing in all of heaven above, earth below or under the earth can separate us from our victorious Savior.
Wouldn't it be great to hear this cry, this cheer, this exhortation everyday? What would happen if people of faith would leave each other's company with the encouraging words, "Be strong and courageous!" How would your life change if every morning you walked out the door of your home with the charge, "Be strong and courageous today, dear child of God!"
This is our charge! These are our marching orders! Don't be wimpy, wimpy, wimpy! Be hefty, hefty, hefty!
Hefty in love.
Hefty in truth.
Hefty in hope.
Hefty in faith.
What a great way to live life!