He himself will be with me… Deuteronomy 31:23

This morning as I walked towards my station, I saw my co-worker Brian hunched on his seat and fussing about. Curious as I was, I asked him what he was busy with. Then he showed me a little square box that contained paper pieces of inspiring Bible verses. I’m really not a fan of bible cutting and choosing verses randomly but for whatever reason, he offered me to pick one and I did. On the little brown and square paper I picked it said…


“Be brave and steadfast… I myself will be with you” – Deuteronomy 31:23

I asked him what it could possibly mean. He jokingly said that I’d probably know by lunch time.  OK then. But 12 Noon passed and nothing really came up. I looked up the full verse on the net and here is what it said.


“Then the LORD commissioned Joshua, son of Nun, and said to him, “Be brave and steadfast, for it is you who must bring the Israelites into the land which I promised them on oath. I myself will be with you.” – Deuteronomy 31:23

This led me then to read the whole chapter that consisted of this Bible verse. To summarize chapter 31, Moses was already about to die and the Lord was giving out final orders. Due to a sin that Moses committed, he wouldn’t be able to see the promised land. So the Lord commissioned Joshua, son of Nun to lead the Israelites into this place. Strength and courage was required for Joshua to be able to carry out this huge task and responsibility. But the Lord is true to His word. In this verse He assured Joshua that He himself will be with His loyal servant as they walk into the promised land.  


I suddenly remembered what I read last night in Hebrews 6:16-20 which reaffirms the certainty of God’s promise. God’s word is alive and active today and everything He says is true.


What I got from all these then is that when God tells us to do something that may seem too big for us to comprehend, or too big for us to accomplish on our own – something beyond our capabilities, we should remain strong and steadfast because God himself will be with us. There is no need to fear or worry that we may be too little, or too weak, or too unequipped because we desire to live God’s will and nothing else should matter, He is true to His promise – He guarantees His presence and His strength most especially in our biggest weaknesses…


Now that I’ve thought about it, there are a lot of times that I know I should do what I have to but I don’t have the courage to push through. But keeping this verse to heart, I know that I would be able to do things unimaginable, things that I know I myself could not do in a million years even if I wanted to. The Lord is great, His might incomprehensible, He is my fortress and He is true. God indeed finds ways how to communicate these with me – whether it be in random verses or whatnots – and for me to be able to share these with you.


So let us trust in and live faithfully to God’s leading in our lives, let Him be your strength as He is mine. And know that He is ALWAYS with you.