Allie Mullen’s Life Verse, Joshua 1:9

Allie Mullen

Mr. Green

Verse Essay

23 September 2008

Joshua, Son of Nun

The book of Joshua was not entirely written by Joshua, the son of Nun, himself. In fact, Joshua has no name for its original author. It is thought that Joshua, had contributed to the book but it was not finished until after his death. The book was written and completed somewhere between 1400 and 1370 B.C. The book of Joshua takes place right after the death of Moses. God chooses Joshua to guide his people; the Israelites, through the Jordan River and into the Promise Land.

During this certain time period, 1400-1370 B.C., events such as the freeing of the Israelites from Egypt were taking place. After the escape from Egypt and the parting of the red sea, we see the death of Moses followed by the introduction of a new leader; Joshua, son of Nun. God chose Joshua to be His servant and to lead His people to the promise land.

Joshua 1:9 says, “I command you-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” The purpose for this verse was to encourage Joshua so that he might have the strength and the courage to fulfill the task that God required him to do. That task was “The Wall of Jericho.”

If Joshua was cowardly after knowing what God asked him to do, God, most likely, would not have been able to bless of do the miraculous works that he did do through his servant, Joshua. Being afraid and not courageous in what God calls of us is like doubting God and lacking faith in Him and His will. Finally giving up on trying fixing personal problems and wholeheartedly allowing God to take away burdens is such a freeing feeling. There is no sense in holding on to burdens; they do nothing but bring people down.

Joshua 1:9 reminds me that the God that I serve is such a loving God that He wants to take away my suffering so that I may live every day as fulfilling and glorifying as possible. I love this verse because it is truly encouraging to know that the stronger I am, by letting go of my burdens, the more I will be blessed. In times of weakness, I try to think about this verse so that God can use me in His plan. I know why I am a Christian based on this verse.

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