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Be Strong and Courageous—and Obey
Thursday, September 8, 2022 by Barbara

Strong & Courageous, 2/4

Obedience is an uncomfortable word today. We admire independence, approve marching to one’s own drum, and applaud those who follow their heart. So when we enter new territory in response to God’s direction, our obedience is not always understood or respected. Obeying makes us followers, compliers, responders—and our success will depend on absolute faith in the One we follow. Remaining close to Him will give us strength and courage. Note the descriptive added in Joshua 1:7.  

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey…

do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”

Be careful. We cannot plunge into the great unknown carelessly. Forward movement calls for focused vision that doesn’t veer to the right or left. This is not only true of the primary goal before us, but includes having a heart submissive to God’s wisdom and ways.

If we think this is easy, we’re wrong. If we think our fervency will protect us, it won’t. If we think zeal will keep us from falling, we’re wrong again. If, however, we realize the One we follow will bring us through and stay close to Him, we will be successful… “wherever we go.”


Comments

Elaine Brown From Midland Park At 9/11/2022 10:10:59 AM

This is something we need reminding about . It is so right and thoughtful, as are all of your writings. Thank you Barbara!

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Thanks, Elaine!

susan c bucci From Tampa At 9/8/2022 8:04:45 AM

Great insight!:)??

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Love you, Sue!

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