In Joshua 1:1-8, Joshua was about to take over as the leader of the Israelites. It is interesting to take note that the phrase Be strong and courageous was repeated four times. But there was a slight variation with that phrase in the second time it was mentioned in verse seven.
“Be strong and VERY courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. (Joshua 1:7 NIV)
Take note of the word VERY. And understand what it implies.
When God commanded Joshua to “Be strong and courageous” he said this in the context of
1. Taking the lead
2. Assuring Joshua and the Israelites of His presence.
3. Commanding Joshua to lead the Reubanites, Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh with strength and courage.
But in reference to obedience God tells Joshua to “be strong and VERY courageous”. This is because it takes MORE strength and courage to obey His commands. This is true as we look at today’s setting:
When friends offer you drugs or offer you to spend your evening at a strip bar… When your accountant finds a way to sneak your way out of taxes… When all kinds of compromise stares you down…
Will you back out? Will you give in? Will you dis-obey the very commands our God has given? Or will you have remarkable courage to obey.
Be VERY strong and courageous, soldier.
There is power in obedience. Obedience takes you to a place of true freedom. Obedience leads you to success wherever you go.