Today in America, two million men and women serve in our armed forces. More than 200,000 of them are deployed to various points around the world.
Joshua 1:9 reminds us, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
The Lord has told us directly not to be afraid. We aren’t even to be discouraged! He’s told us through His promises that He’ll be with us every step of the way.
If we stop and think about the amazing history of this country, we can see that God has literally been with us every minute of every hour. He was at Yorktown. He dropped a last-minute winning strategy into Chamberlain’s mind at Gettysburg. God went with our invasion forces in the Pacific and in Europe during World War 2, because people were enslaved and in need of rescue.
He has been with us since the terrible moments of 9/11.
Be strong and of good courage in the Land of the Free!
Lord, your provision for us in all times and places is wonderful. Thank you for never leaving us. Amen.