The following is an excerpt from “Do Not Grow Weary in Prayer and Fasting,” written faithfully each week for nearly 10 years by Jerry Hale, Spiritual Emphasis Committee Chair for the Growing and Building Campaign.
4 August 2015, Coast Guard Day, was the 225th anniversary of the day Congress authorized the Secretary of The Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, to create a maritime service to enforce the customs laws of the United States. Known once as the Revenue-Marine, this service was placed under the control of the Treasury Department and became the forerunner of the modern-day Coast Guard. Secretary Hamilton may well have encouraged Captain Hopley Yeaton (the service’s first commissioned officer) to be strong and courageous.
“Be strong and courageous.” Those were the words Moses spoke to all Israel corporately and to Joshua specifically (Deut 31:6-7) when he relinquished his role as leader of Israel to Joshua.
Moses continues in verse 8:
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
This is great advice for any godly leader and we would do well to follow it. After the death of Moses, the Lord continues this theme with Joshua:
“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:5-9).
What more can be said to us today? Be strong and courageous, trusting the Lord to guide us as we seek his direction through his word and by his Spirit!