It’s been a few days since I have posted about our 90 day Bible reading challenge. If you are on schedule, you have now made it through the first five books of the Bible in just over two weeks! Congratulations. If you’re not on schedule, that’s ok too. The important thing is trying to be in God’s word on a daily basis, so we can learn from in and apply it to our daily lives. Keep plugging along, whether you are on schedule or not!
As I was reading the first few chapters of Joshua tonight, there was a phrase that really stuck out to me. And it’s one that I feel is a phrase we as Christians need to take to heart, especially with the religious climate that we are starting to find ourselves in today. Just in the first chapter, the phrase “be strong and courageous” or “be strong and very courageous” is found multiple times. God tells Joshua this, and Joshua tells the people of Israel this. This is because God was giving them the land of Canaan, but He knew the opposition they would face. He was encouraging them to put their courage in Him.
We may not have the promise of a physical land like the land of Canaan, but we have the promised land of eternity in heaven to look forward to. But there is a lot of opposition that we are beginning to have to face in this country. Our Christian faith is under constant scrutiny and attack, while other religions are given almost free reign. We can’t hold organized prayers on public property without drawing huge criticism. This can be a very scary thing for those of us that are outspoken about our faith. In other words, those of us that have taken serious the task of becoming completely, committed, followers of Jesus.
Things may get worse before they get better. But I can assure you of this. We have the promise of eternity with our Lord if we are able to stay the course. I don’t know what is in store for us as Christians in this country. I pray that we are on the verge of another Great Awakening in which revival will just sweep across this country. But for that to happen, in all reality, we may have to face a time of persecution to get there. Whatever happens, I think it’s reasonable for us to think that Christ is whispering and encouraging us, “Be strong and very courageous for My name”.