"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
Oh, how I long to live a single day without worry! How I long to take a single step without anxiety creeping along behind me!
Can you relate to the sentiment? The concept of being content in Christ Jesus, fully trusting in the sovereignty of God, has been brought to my attention several times in the last week or two. Generally, I take that kind of repetition to be more than mere coincidence. I think the Lord has been not-so-subtly reminding me of something:
He is God, and He is with me wherever I go.
It seems pretty simple, right? Perhaps it is indeed a very basic theological construct that serves as a part of the foundation of our Christian faith. But, simple or not, sometimes we need child-like reminders. He is our Father in Heaven, after all.
Allow me to challenge you in an exercise right now. Close your mind's eyes, try to set aside every major or deep theological concept you have learned in your life for a moment, and listen to these words: God is with you wherever you go. Did you catch that? Let me break it down for you.
God, the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-merciful, all-loving Creator of the universe, is WITH you.
Doesn't that totally floor you?! This could quite possibly be the most emphatically crazy thing we could ever hear in our entire lives. But, it's true. God is with His children. God descended, down to us in the person of Jesus Christ, died under the excruciating weight of our sins on the cross, and was risen 3 days later effectively securing our relationship with our Heavenly Father through the sanctification of our souls for the rest of forever. How's that for good news!
The promise is made to us over and over in scripture that God is with us: Genesis 28:15, Joshua 1:9 (above), Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 28:20 - just to name a few examples. Therefore, what are we to do with this information?
We are freed to be strong and courageous, to relinquish our worries and anxieties into His caring hands, and to pour ourselves out as living sacrifices to Him - generously sharing the comfort He has given us with others in need (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
And this promise only gets better. Our Living God says that He "will not leave [us] or forsake [us]" (Joshua 1:5). Ever. For all of eternity. Brothers and sisters, we can rest inside of this promise, and we can live boldly for Him inside of this promise. He is with us wherever we go.
-written by Chase Cotten, Media Director