“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Living is these hard economic times is not something novel to Americans who have lived a while. Our nation has gone through hard times before in many different ways. Times of war, civil unrest, economic hardship. We have endured difficult times in the past as I’m sure we will in the future.
Most of us were not even born yet, however a few still with us may have been. In 1933 the Great Depression reached its depth. Americans looking for hope had elected a new president. Franklin D. Roosevelt well understood the challenges that face our nation. “Only a foolish optimist,” he said, “can deny the dark realities of the moment.”
In his inaugural address, Franklin D. Roosevelt didn’t mince words. He began his now famous speech by addressing the fear that permeated our country.
“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself –– nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
When God is opening up doors for future opportunities, we can step out on the promise of his constant presence. We can move forward with strength and courage. We can take to heart the words of the Lord found in Joshua 1:9;
“Be strong and courageous.
Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed,
for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Fear can have a paralyzing effect on our lives if we allow it to control us. It has the capacity to rob us of all the blessings we have in Christ as Christians. It can cause us major stress and heartache strip away any joy and peace we have available to us in Christ Jesus. I’m reminded of Paul’s words to the church at Philippi;
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6–7
I trust that your trust is in Christ and Christ alone for not only your
economic welfare, but your eternal spiritual welfare as well.
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6