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As the nation of Israel was completing their 40 year holding pattern in the desert and approaching the Promised Land, we see this encouragement given in the opening chapter of Joshua: “be strong and courageous”. Later, the same Bible tells us things like how Christ’s power is perfected in weakness (2 Cor. 12.8-10) and as I’ve blogged before “blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Mt. 5.4-5)”

What gives?

Well, first, as I’m discussing this with some of the people in discipleship – Christ may be King, but context reigns with Him. In Joshua, God was speaking to a nation about a promise He’d made to that nation.