“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Israel wondered in the desert for 40 years. God told Moses that Moses would not enter the Promised Land. After a long and fruitful period of leadership, Moses died, and the leadership reigns went to Moses’ young protégé, Joshua. Joshua was commanded by God to be strong and courageous for His presence was with him (Joshua 1:9). It was a period of transition for the people of God. They faced a lot of uncertainty and anxiety about the future. Will Joshua be able to lead us? How are we going to take the Promised Land? Will our wandering ever stop?
Everyone faces times of anxiety about the future. As our culture continues to transition away from biblical values toward secularism, it’s natural to have a degree of anxiety about the future. How will the church stand against moral compromise? Will God provide for our church’s needs? Questions always arise, but we must remember God’s words to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” The Lord is with us now and will be with us tomorrow.
The greatest need for Park Baptist Church is not more people or more money, but more of God. We need to trust His Word and delight in His commandments. Let us draw near to Him for He will draw near to us. Beloved, pray that our church will see more of God’s glory in the coming months. Let us think like Moses who said to the Lord, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?” (Exodus 33:15-16) We are defined by the Lord’s presence and we are promised to always have His presence so do not be dismayed for the Lord God is with us wherever we go.