A Call to Courage

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 1:1-5

Leaders, even godly leaders like Moses, don’t lead forever. There comes a time in every ministry when God calls for a new beginning with a new generation and new leadership. Except for Joshua and Caleb, the old generation of Jews had perished in the wilderness. Now Joshua was commissioned to take over the leadership role.

Have you ever been given a responsibility to succeed a leader of recognized excellence? You worked with this leader for a number of years and observed his ability, his wisdom and courage. Now you are being called to fill those shoes! Even though many friends and co-workers wish you well, the awesome pressure can erode your confidence. Being a leader is never easy, but it is even more difficult when you follow someone who did an excellent job.

The phrase “be strong and courageous” occurs many times in this passage. God wants to underscore that He is the source of strength and courage: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you or forsake you” (1:5). What a promise God gives to Joshua! God gives you this promise, too! This means that you can move forward in God’s will and be assured of His presence. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).


O God, I feel so inadequate for the tasks ahead. Assure me of Your presence once again so I can take fresh courage to move forward. In Christ’s name. Amen.