No one is immune from fear and doubt.
Last night I was reading through the book of Joshua, the successor of Moses.
From the first chapter, God was instilling in Joshua that fear and doubt would be the greatest enemy the children of Israel would face.
No present physical army would defeat them if they kept in mind the following.
Scripture tells us in the fifth verse of the first Chapter of Joshua, with God saying to Joshua, “No one will be able to oppose you as long as you live, for I will be with you just as I was with Moses; I will not abandon you or fail to help you.”
God then is quoted in verse nine, “Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
In the coming days, you may be awaiting a doctor’s report for your new born child, banish fear and doubt.
You may be anticipating an economic downturn or layoff of personnel, banish fear and doubt.
You may be searching for your place in life, where you fit in, banish fear and doubt.
Interestingly enough, after reading these chapters in Joshua many times through the years, I do not consider God to be speaking soley to Joshua.
With Joshua as the leader of the Hebrew nation, I believe God was telling Joshua to banish fear and doubt from the entire nation.
He knew the enemies they were to face would seem insurmountable to those who either feared or doubted and fear and doubt is contagious.
To banish is to send someone away from a country or place as an official punishment.
It also means to forbid, abolish, or get rid of.
You may have to take these steps as well.
If there is someone in your life who continually introduces fear and doubt into any given situation, banish them.
If there is someone in your network of friends or family, that when you begin to speak of your hopes and aspirations for your life, they begin to negate those dreams, banish them.
If it better to place distance between you and a friend or family member than to lose the very reason that God put you upon this earth.
Be careful of those you associate with.
Do they make you stronger or weaker?
Do they lift you up or bring you down?
Do they speak words of encouragement into your life or words of discouragement?
Do they enable you to pursue your dreams or become your greatest obstacle?
But then again, allow me to turn the table.
Do not become yourself the discouragement into someone else’s life.
Do not become yourself the voice of doom for a friend or family member.
Be mindful of your words and the timeliness of your actions.
As a new week unfolds, take a piece of paper and write these words down, “Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Make it your “go to” reminder that the coming days may reveal great challenges for you.
But that by banishing fear and doubt there is no challenge that cannot be overcome.