Be Courageous!

Trust God’s plan for your life.

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Our monthly focus for July 2017 is rich in advice about how we should live our lives, and conduct our businesses.  Before I explain, let’s review what was happening in this chapter.

You will recall that Moses led God’s people through the desert, in anticipation of their inhabiting the Promised Land.  Because he didn’t fully trust God and disobeyed His command while in the desert, Moses would die before he could lead the people into the Promised Land.

After Moses’ death, Joshua became the new leader of God’s people.

Joshua was well equipped for the task.  You see, he was a natural leader – tall, handsome, confident.  People were naturally drawn to him and would gladly follow his lead.  He was also well schooled.  Before he died, Moses taught God’s law to Joshua.  He knew exactly what he was expected to do.  He knew that if he obeyed God, victory would be his.

Think about what might have been going through Joshua’s mind as the time approached to lead his people into the battle at Jericho.  He was well-prepared and had God firmly on his side.  Even so, if he was anything like us he had his doubts and fears.

In this chapter, God speaks to Joshua.  He tells Joshua that he must follow the law exactly as it is written, and must not vary from it in the slightest; and if he does that, God will be with him and victory will be his.

When I read this chapter, I can almost imagine the conversation God has with Joshua.  I can see God standing there, talking to Joshua, and maybe sensing that Joshua had his doubts about their ability to win the battle of Jericho.  I can imagine God scolding Joshua, saying, “Dude.  Didn’t I tell you to just be courageous?  Didn’t I tell you that I would be there with you?  What’s your problem?”

As it turns out, Joshua was faithful, and God was with him.

But, what does this have to do with our lives and our businesses today?

God has a plan for you.  Not only that, He has given you a unique set of skills, abilities, and traits to enable you to accomplish His plan for you on Earth.  He has placed you in the job or business where He wants you to be.  And just like Joshua, all we must do to be successful is follow His instructions.

So, what do we do instead?  We worry and complain.

We worry about how we’re going to get more business and then stress over how we’re going to be able to fulfill our over-abundance of new orders.  We complain about the government getting in our way.  We jump from one concept or product to another to try to capture every possible customer out there.  Or worse, we try to run multiple businesses before we learn how to run one.  We try to be all things to all people and end up being nothing to anybody.  We do this because we don’t follow God’s plan for our lives.

STOP!  Be courageous!

God has a perfect plan for you.  Ask Him what it is, and then follow it.  And when God’s plan doesn’t align with yours (and it usually doesn’t), trust Him.  Remember, it isn’t often easy to walk in faith.

God isn’t asking you to be fearless; He is commanding you to be courageous.

Try it, and let us know your experience at the next CBFA meeting.