Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Politicians used it first and now the neighbors do too – the expression “Be safe!” This phrase has replaced a warm good-bye when parting ways. A quick look at the dictionary describes safe as being free from hurt, injury, or danger; posing little or no risk. But I wonder if once the current pandemic passes, will we live our lives comfortably undisturbed? Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Safe. The word makes me think of a quote from C.S. Lewis’ classic book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Life with King Jesus isn’t risk-free – not when He’s asking us to step out and follow His lead.

“Be strong,” God said to people who felt weak. “Do not be afraid” was spoken to those who were frightened by the prospects before them. God’s charge to the children of Israel came on the cusp of marching into an exciting new phase of life but one filled with the uncomfortable and unknown. At other times, God took it a step further and called for His people to be “very courageous.” The words literally mean, in every situation, and in spite of how things may look, you can go forward in life with an exceedingly abundant amount of courage because the King, your King will be right by your side.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10.

– Pastor Jack

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