Joshua 1:9: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

There’s a first time for everything. And first times can be so scary! First time home buyers can tell stories about that. First time parents do too. Or do you remember your first day at a brand new school or your first day on a new job? The list goes on and on.

God commands His children to be courageous. Plunge into the adventure because you won’t be able to avoid it. Try as you may, life has always a new challenge for you around the next corner. The best way to meet challenges is to believe in a positive outcome. If you tend to be a worry wart, relax! The Lord your God is working behind the scene as we speak.

I realize there are people out there who have absolutely no problem with feeling insecure. Let’s say you’re one of those lucky people who are juggling things quite well; you’re confident and by no means rattled when someone or something crosses your path challenging your status quo. That’s great – however, if your confidence is built on self-reliance, you’re at a dead end eventually.

Have you ever noticed that God has His eye on the underdog? The Bible is chockful of examples. Take David and Goliath for instance – here comes Mr. Goliath, so confident in his physical attributes and his killer weaponry. And how did his self-reliance pay off? We all know the story. David emerged as the champion and Mr. Goliath as the loser.

Does that mean that God doesn’t like the big dogs? Nothing could be further from the truth. I believe God loves the big dogs as well as the underdogs; however self-reliant people are usually pretty full of themselves and leave God out of the equation entirely. God is known to be a gentleman and will never force His help down anybody’s throat.

On the other side of the spectrum are the timid people, those who think they are inconsequential, who think that God is so far away that He probably pays no attention at all to their problems. Well, if that was true the universe as we know it would cease to exist. The reason why the universe works like clockwork is because God pays attention to every single detail. If God was a mechanic, He’s a Super Mechanic. If God was an architect He’s a Super Architect. We live in a complicated universe, and it runs smoothly because God pays attention – and we can be dead-sure that God pays close attention to each and every one of us because that’s who He is.

We fare best if we widen our awareness and trust in God’s vivid interest in our affairs. No vying for His attention is necessary because we’re already the apple of His eye. So don’t be afraid or discouraged, and don’t be delusional either by relying on your own strength. Here’s a secret: If you wait for God, He’ll come for you. As you walk out your door today, walk with God. Rely on Him as you navigate through life’s risks and perils. And guess what: The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go!

“If you wait for me
Then I’ll come for you
Although I’ve traveled far
I always hold a place for you in my heart”
     Tracy Chapman

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