“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
I felt anxiety creeping in. I don’t like being fearful—I got out my notebook and started listing everything I needed to lay before Jesus’ feet. The list is long and without end because as soon as something gets crossed off, there’s another concern or challenge to replace it.
You may have a similar list of concerns and to-do’s. Our hearts are heavy for Ukraine and the world. Adding trauma and chaos from betrayal, and it feels heavy—like not knowing you if you’re going to make it through. I get it.
I’m reminded of the children of Israel when fear kept them from acquiring the Promised Land. They didn’t believe they could knock down the fortified walls of cities or stand up to giants—even though God had promised He would give them the land flowing with milk and honey.
Feeling the need for courage and stamina for what lies ahead? Be reminded with the lyrics of this hymn—
“Fear not, I am with you, oh, be not dismayed; For I am your God and will still give you aid;
I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand, upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand!”