Strong in the Lord
In the first chapter of Joshua, the Lord admonished Joshua
to be strong and of good courage. For forty years, the Lord
had led the Israelites through the wilderness, with its many
tests and trials. These were intended to prepare them for
the battles they were about to face with their enemies, who
seemingly were greater in number and more powerful, that their
trust might be in the Lord alone.
We see this again in the book of Job, in which the Lord allowed
the devil to strip Job of all that he had, including his health.
Through all this, Job maintained a right attitude toward the
Lord. Even when his wife told him to curse God and die, Job
refused. Rather he summed up his hearts attitude with one
“Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him Job 13:15a.
Job believed and trusted the Lord, even though his circumstances
were exceptionally difficult, with no indications of any change.
This is the attitude that the Lord desires us to have toward
Him, in all our circumstances, especially those that are unpleasant
The generation of Israelites who wandered in the wilderness
for forty years murmured and complained at every turn and
test. They could have gone through this wilderness in eleven
days, if their hearts had been right.
Psalm 78:8 is an admonition that the next generation not
be as their fathers were; a stubborn and rebellious people,
who had not set their hearts aright toward the Lord, and whose
spirits were not steadfast toward His will for them.
There are testings and trials that we face at each turn of
our lives. It is important that we learn how to rightly interpret
these. The Lord would have us to lean on Him for grace and
strength, that we might go through each of these victoriously.
Therefore we must wait upon the Lord to receive this grace
and strength, so we might endure each difficulty that we face,
with a right attitude of heart.
These difficult situations are designed by the Lord to mold
and shape our character into that which is fit and desirable
for the Masters use.
“Cannot I do with you as this potter, saith the Lord,
Behold as the clay is in the potters hand, so are you
in My hand.” (Jer 18:7).
In Revelation chapters two and three, the Lord has one statement
that He makes to each of the seven Churches. “To him
The many trials and tests that each of us encounter gives
us the opportunity to become an overcomer. We must be careful
to not misinterpret or miss these opportunities. We will respond
in one of two ways. We will become better, or we will become