Fear is universal. Even the bravest experiences fear, only they have learned to conquer it. In my house with two little girls, I have lots of fear around raising them and being a good dad, and they have an equal amount of fear of the rock monsters in the movie Frozen.
Fear comes for a lot of reasons, but I find primarily in the human experience, we fear the unknown with a lack of confidence that we are prepared for whatever it is that might come our way, and Joshua has much to be afraid of. As he takes over the mantle from Moses and is to lead the people into the Promised Land, he is coming off of 40 years in the desert, leading impatient people, and traveling a rocky road.
And yet God comforts him by reminding Joshua that He will be with him. And the same God that was with Joshua is with us in the unknown too.
I don’t know what you have to be afraid of this Christmas season. Maybe this Christmas your family dynamic has changed—you’re in a new city, or you feel like God is calling you to something really big. Take confidence today that God is with you. He was with Joshua, and He is with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, and He has proven that by giving us Jesus.
Think back on your life and remember the times that God was with you that you might be reminded that He will go with you again, and that He will give you new confidence, new strength, and new courage this Christmas season.