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“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14 The days of waiting a week for a package is over and dial-up internet is only something people over the age of 30 remember. We now live in a world of Amazon Prime with same day shipping and 5G fast-speed internet. The efforts of 21st-Century businesses is making the process of waiting obsolete and that mindset has influenced our approach to God. There is a  plethora of scriptures that command us to wait, and even though the world is…

When the Lord says something once, we typically listen. When He says something twice, we start to get the hint and search for meaning in the words. But when God says something three times, we need to learn the lesson and apply it to our lives, because He’s trying to show us a vital life lesson. That’s what happened in Joshua 1. Joshua had just been given a new leadership position. His mentor Moses had died, and Joshua was suddenly the leader of millions of people who had been wandering around a desert for forty years, complaining almost the whole…

“Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God is with you every step you take.” (Joshua 1:9 in The Message Bible) Reading this verse reminded me of a phrase I used over and over again with my children, “How many times do I have to tell you?” In this chapter, God told Joshua four times to be strong and courageous. It’s an order from God. Joshua watched and followed Moses.  He saw how God performed miraculous things for him. He was an eye-witness to so much. Now Moses was gone and Joshua was…