“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9
One of the great temptations of life is that we can do it all by ourselves. It is true that working with others, living with others can often be a struggle. We don’t always see eye to eye with one another. Our differences can drive a wedge between us. The frustration from being with others, even those whom we love, can often push us away into solitude. Our relationships, which are so often a joy, can be a burden as well.
The same is often true for our life of faith. Our life is so often full of joy and peace, but there are times when we are busy, when life’s demands are almost more than we can handle. In those busy times we are tempted to leave God off our schedule. We neglect the gift of prayer, our connection and communication with God.
We were not created to live life on our own. We are better when we are with others. We are at our best when we are connected to God.
The good news is that we are not alone. God is with us. When Joshua and the Hebrew people were about to cross into the Promised Land fear crept into the camp. Rumors began to spread about the dangers they would face on the other die of the river. God offered them this promise, “The LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” In busy and difficult times, we often turn inward and forget this beautiful promise. If we spend some time prayer and if we let that promise remind us that we are not alone, it will make a difference in how we live.
Rev. Keith King, Online Camps Pastor