Consider Joshua 1.
Most of us, when we read this, we imagine ourselves as Joshua – facing a daunting but grand future, and God calling us to be brave as we possess our “Promised Land.” We see courage in the midst of God making us great. But, the truth is 99.9% of us were never meant to be Joshua. So, when God says, “Be strong and courageous…”He might be envisioning something far different than what we see.
First, let’s understand that the Lord’s calling is not necessarily about making radical decisions to produce radical outcomes. He’s simply calling upon our hearts to put aside their natural affections to embrace the place of divine assignment. So that, whatever is produced is produced for the sake of a deeper cause…no matter what it looks like.
Second, courage has little to do with leading us to success as the world sees it. The real truth: your bank account and prestige do not describe courageous success. Being who God has asked you to be, regardless of the climate, that’s courage. God is far more concerned about who you are, your reactions, and the message you bear, than how many people you win to yourself.
I believe this devotional is for someone very specific: we must learn to believe, that at times, it takes far more courage to have an average looking life than one filled with glory. Imagine this…what if the Lord began to fill your heart with visions of a life that looked like Mother Theresa. Would you still be excited about living for destiny?
If we’re not open to all of God’s possibilities, then are we truly listening?