As the people of Israel prepared to enter the Promised Land, the Lord gave these words of encouragement through Moses: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV).
Just as God went with the Israelites when they went into the land He has called them to, so He also goes with you as you walk in the paths He had ordained for you. When you go where He leads, you will never be alone.
Let’s make a few important observations: first, we are told to be strong and courageous. These traits are usually thought of as a state of being. You are either strong or weak, brave or cowardly. The fact that we are commanded to be strong and courageous highlights the fact that this is a choice. We choose boldness and strength.
Second, we are told not to fear. If there was nothing to make us afraid, this would not be necessary. As we follow God, there will be truly fearsome moments in our lives. We will want to be afraid when these difficult times come. Remember that we don’t have to live in fear, because God is with us wherever we go.
Finally, remember that God’s road does in fact lead to blessing. The people of Israel, by obeying His commands, were entering the Promised Land, there new home and a place of plentifulness. Be strong and courageous. God will bring you through the battle into a place of blessing. Do not fear.
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning (Psalm 30:5 ESV).