“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
This verse is about a specific mission given by God, to a specific man named Joshua. Throughout the wider passage, three times God says, “be strong and courageous.” And God was very specific about where that strength and courage should be applied. Joshua was to be strong and courageous as he led the people. He was to be strong and courageous in obeying God’s word. And finally, in Joshua 1:9, he was to be strong and courageous in terms of endurance. If Joshua would exhibit strength and courage in these three areas, then God promised success in every aspect of the mission he had been given.
we can always be strong and courageous and sure that God will be with us when we pursue his mission, obey his word and remain steadfast in our calling.
Jesus repeated almost the exact same call—and the exact same promise—not to one man but to everyone who would follow him with regard to a new mission and a new promised land:
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
As God told Joshua to go and enter the land and take it , so we are told by Christ to go into the world and take it with the message of Christ. And when we do, just as God told Joshua that he would be with him, Christ tells us that he will be with us.
God Bless You All