Have I not Commanded Thee?
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
I remember maybe a year or so ago, listening to an audio book, the writer was going through several quotes of people and came to a man who portrayed in my opinion serious courage. The man faced a terrible expedition to sea, with fierce winds and scared shipmen. The captain said rest assured we may not come back, but we definitely must go. This showed to me a man who was willing to act, even though many around him were afraid and lacked belief. Just as Joshua began to lead the children of Israel, God had encouraged him and stated some assuring words to him. If I say to you it will be safe in the beginning it can help you on your journey, if I said it during it may not be as effective as from the start. If I then wait until you complete the action and then tell you it is as good as useless. God set out in the beginning to encourage Joshua and us also in our lives that he has our safety at hand. He also assures us that we are in good hands (the best actually). Similar to this point, when Paul was shipwrecked (Acts 27 – from the start) he had a foreword of safety, being informed by God he would not die at sea.
Jesus told his disciples to go over to the other side before him and they went a certain distance and were stuck in boisterous winds. Jesus didn’t command them to go and get shipwrecked but they still had problems. Jesus could see them and came to them, Jesus never forgets his command nor what we feel inside. When Thomas doubted the resurrection Jesus appeared to him. There are so many times we find ourselves fearing a promise we have received.
I have showed you ample example of those in the scriptures who could act on a word from God and I am here to ask you the reader…What has God asked of you? what things are outstanding on God’s agenda for you?
How many times must he seek you before you listen and decide to act?
We are all commanded by God to act but what do we do with it?
God has commanded, we need to follow!