Joshua 1:9 is a favorite children’s bible memory verse, but how many know the story behind this verse?
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
The book of Joshua recounts the story of the God’s people after they have come out of slavery in Egypt and wandered in the desert for 40 years.
This book describes the exploits of God’s people as they cross the Jordan river and conquer the land that God had given them.
Joshua is their new leader and had just taken over for Moses, who died. Joshua needed encouragement to lead several million people into the Promised Land to defeat powerful enemies in fortified cities.
So God spoke these words to Joshua to encourage him to be “strong and courageous” because God would be with him.
No matter what circumstance we are in, our greatest reason for courage is that God will be with us.
Now you know the story behind Joshua 1:9.
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