This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! . . .for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:8,9 (NASB)
My prayer lately has been very simply, "God, help me." God hears even the simplest prayer from a sincere heart. Life often presents us with questions that seem to have no answers. We clamor for answers until the time comes when we have no choice but to look up. The Word says that God is our hope and our help (Psalm 42:11; 46:1). After Moses' death God spoke to Joshua telling him to be strong and courageous. It might have been enough to instruct him to be strong, but God didn't stop there; He said "strong and courageous." I heard an interesting distinction between "strong" and "courageous." You can be strong until a challenge comes - that's when courage kicks in. You can be strong, yet not act on the challenge - that takes courage. This is exactly the position Joshua found himself in. He had to be strong AND courageous because there would be challenges of different kinds. God told Joshua to meditate on His law day and night in order to be successful wherever he went. I think that's our answer. God has a purpose and a plan. No, I don't understand, but God doesn't have to explain Himself. May we all just be determined to meditate on God while walking through this challenge.