“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9
This wasn’t the first time God had spoken this word of encouragement to Joshua. Prior to this, Moses declared the word of The Lord to all of Israel in Deuteronomy 31:6, and then spoke directly to Joshua in verse 7, “And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.” This wasn’t a new word. God was repeating Himself.
This is why spending time in God’s Word is healthy for growth, affirmation, and forward motion into what’s unknown, for it will allow God to repeat Himself. He can and will remind us, and say some things again, which He has already said for our benefit. It will keep us focused, strong in faith, and encouraged. What has God had someone tell you at several points in your life, and He then repeated that same word? What has God repeatedly reminded you of? What has God commanded you to do? Who has God commanded you to be? He told Joshua to be strong and of a good courage. To enter into the promise land God has for you, you must do the same.
Prayer: Father God, I thank You for speaking to my heart. Thank You for being patient and longsuffering with me and my growth. I choose to follow You and obey what You have repeatedly asked me to do. Strengthen me, Lord. Help me to continue to walk with You and say Yes to the leading of Your Holy Spirit. Be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.