“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
It is interesting that we are commanded to be strong and courageous knowing that Father God is with us always. For a weak man of fear such as myself this command seems difficult and foreign. I’m not a naturally strong or courageous person; yet, maybe that is why He must command it instead of expecting it from me naturally. I don’t know how to be strong or courageous. Fear and weakness are my companions. The promise of God’s presence doesn’t carry the weight that it should even after 54 years of consistent protection, blessing and guidance. I still default to weakness and fear.
It is through obedience that strength is found. It is through submission that courage arises. Both are founded solidly in the fact that Father God is truly with us wherever we go. He will not leave us nor forsake us for any reason. Even when we are faithless, He remains faithful. He will never ever cast out the one who comes to Him. Those who seek Him are guaranteed to be found by Him. In obedience and submission there is freedom because they lead to an ever growing confidence in Who and where God is thus redirecting our focus away from our weak fearful selves and onto His strong and courageous identity. Our strength, courage even our very essence is found in Him.