God gives us a command of sorts that we ought not to be fearful when we know that He is with us. This command comes with a promise that if we are faithful to follow after the Lord and abide with Him, He will be there to tight the battles, to give of His strength when we are weak, and to never ever leave us alone or forsake us. God is there to strengthen us and keep us in every situation that we face in life as we walk with Him. So "be strong and of good courage!" He is there.
Tuesday - Strength - 2 Samuel 17:35
There are many times that we have received a strengthening of our spirits to make the right decisions or to get through and emotional time. There are those situations where a strengthening of spirit may not be all we need, but we need a physical strengthening to accomplish a task. It may be a situation where we find ourselves tired and weakened by the stresses or labor that we have been involved in... and then suddenly we are desperate to get what some may call our "second wind." God knows about our needs and when those types of moments come He is there with all the additional power that we would have need of. Again God is there.
Wednesday - Living God - Matthew 16:16
There has always been a distinction between the Judeo-Christian God and all others. Yahweh, or Jehovah, has been distinguished by both Jew and Gentile as being the Living God. In stories in both the Old Testament and New Testament, God has been referred to as the God who is Living and in the passage from Sunday we hear David explain that he will overcome the Philistine by the power given him from the Living God because Goliath had insulted the Living God. Peter when he made his confession did not just say that Jesus was the son of a god, but Son of the Living God. What a joy to know that God is a God who lives, abides, and interacts with us. Glory to His Name!
Thursday - Confidence in God - Psalm 23
David, when writing the Shepherd's Psalm, gives us insight into the fact that when we face any hardship in our lives lived for God, we can have a confidence that He is there. With that in mind, we can be at a stage of peace of heart and mind for God is present in the midst of the uncertainties of life in this world. When we are caught off-guard, there is one, God, who has the situation covered and takes care of the unseen and unexpected. In those times we gain more confidence in the One who watches over us.
Friday - Name of the Lord - Philippians 2:9
There is a name that we can call upon that opens up all kinds of potential for victory and joy and praise. It is the Name of Jesus. Just as in the Old Testament, when people would call upon the Name of the Almighty God, they would soon find out that there is no one else like Him. The Mighty God has given Jesus a Name that is like unto His own Name.. .full of grace and truth, glory and grace.
Saturday - Israel Victorious - Joshua 6
The story of the fall of Jericho is one of many that depict the provision of victory that God gives to His people. When His plan is followed, however strange it may sound, God grants a victory that leaves no question but that He is with them. It is the same way as with us in these days. God provides the victory over the many battles we face, but we have the truth of His written Word that the war has been won through the power of God seen in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. What was accomplished on the Cross sealed the victory for us all.