Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of 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. And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
These are the last two “fear not’s” in the book of Deuteronomy. One is given to the people and the other directly to Joshua. There are some wonderful phrases stated here telling us why we should not fear:
- He … doth go before thee
- He will be with thee
- He will not fail thee
- Neither forsake thee
Those are such wonderful promises. Especially to people that have done the opposite to God. We cannot say that we have always been faithful to God, but He has and will continue to be faithful to us. But, there is one thing that makes these promises even more comforting. This is the last time Moses will speak those words to his people. Shortly he will die and they will have to go on without him. So, what is comforting about that? How do we find our way when we have depended on another for guidance and direction for so long? By remembering this:
The man of God may die, but the God of the man does not die. The man of god may fail, but the God of the man never fails. The man of God may leave, but the God of the man never leaves. You strength is to be found in the Lord, so, be strong and of good courage … fear not, neither be dismayed, because down the road of life that you will travel, there is a God that is always there for you and He’s only a prayer away.