By Jason Hoyt
President & Chief Operating Officer
“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
Moses has passed the baton of leadership to Joshua. Could you imagine the thoughts of filling those shoes? Be strong and courageous is his orders because the Lord is with you wherever you go. Consider for a moment: the reality that God is with us can only be good news. How can God’s presence be a motivation for courage? His presence is motivation for courage only if we know His presence means good for us despite difficult circumstances.
Joshua is to be the leader and his leadership is to be characterized by a devotion to the Scriptures. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night.” (Joshua 1:8). So the command to be strong and courageous is tied to the command to hold fast to God’s word. Because Joshua knows what the Lord has done for Israel and what He has promised to do for Abraham, he can trust the Lord’s presence means good for him.
As you step into leadership in BYX for 2013, you can’t know all that is going to happen this year. It is challenging and maybe a bit overwhelming at times, but we can know and rest on God’s word found in Joshua. “Be strong and courageous because I am with you.” The Lord will lead our paths this year. Let us strive to be faithful in what He has put before us.