What quality does God want Joshua to have more than any other? That answer would clearly be courage. At least twice, God commands Joshua to be "strong and courageous" in his quest to take the Promised Land and to lead the Hebrews into their new home. Joshua needed every ounce of courage that God gave him for this task. The enemies before them were either tall and powerful or they lived in cities with walls that the Israelites could not penetrate. God, however, promised victory if they would walk courageously into each battle. It takes courage to march around a city for six days in total silence. It takes courage to deal with sin in the camp and with defeat due to that sin. It takes courage to attack empires that were bigger and more prepared for battle. It takes courage to walk into a land and claim it for the Lord. It also takes courage to stand up at work as the only believer in your office. It takes courage to stop listening to the world's ideas and your parent's ideas of raising children and to start listening to God's Word for instructions. It takes courage to drop that tithe/offering into the church plate on Sunday even when you cannot "afford" it. It takes courage! God's call upon Joshua's life is the same call that He places upon our lives at this very moment: "be strong and courageous...for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

Help me, Lord, to walk by faith no matter how great the obstacles or how difficult the task. Help me to be courageous in all that I do today and give me a passion for Your will.