«Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go» (Joshua 1:9).
This was God’s first conversation with Joshua in his job interview and assignment of responsibilities. His functions included leading over two million people to an unknown land and conquering it. The requirements were two: effort and courage. God would do the rest.
A new job is always a challenge, but with God it is an adventure. I was facing my first professional job interview in English, and I was just learning the language. With my teacher’s help, I made a list of questions and answers that I slipped into the folder with my curriculum. When the interviewer asked the first question, I didn’t understand anything of what he said, but I caught one of his words from my list of questions, and I answered accordingly. They gave me the job, and a week later they named me coordinator of the program and gave me a raise. A year later, my boss realized my deficiencies in the language, because until then he had sent all his communications by email, and with the help of an electronic translator I would answer. He told me that if he had noticed sooner, he would never have hired me. I answered that he did not speak Spanish and that he was the director of a program for Spanish-speakers. He liked my response and didn’t bring up the subject again.
«Life is mysterious and sacred. It is the manifestation of God Himself, the source of all life. Precious are its opportunities, and earnestly should they be improved. Once lost, they are gone forever. . . . God looks into the tiny seed that He Himself has formed, and sees wrapped within it the beautiful flower, the shrub, or the lofty, wide-spreading tree. So does He see the possibilities in every human being. We are here for a purpose. God has given us His plan for our life, and He desires us to reach the highest standard of development.»- Ministry of Healing, ch. 34, p. 397.
Dear friend, perhaps you do not have to conquer a nation today as Joshua did, but whatever new situation, difficult people, job interview, temptations, or other challenges you may face, you can be sure that the victory has already been given to you. The only thing God asks of you is to be strong and brave, to not fear and not be faint-hearted. The rest is God’s work.
Face this day with a spirit of victory and celebration.