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When God Says Go


Gwen Smith

January 26, 2016

Blog, Christian Living, Devotions, Encouragement, Faith, Fear, Trusting God

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We see a vibrant example of courage and obedience in the book and life of Joshua. He served humbly and faithfully in the shadow of Moses until the Lord took Moses home and chose Joshua to be the next leader His people.

I’d be shaking in my size 10s if I had to fill the sandals of Moses! I’m sure that in his humanness Joshua was intimidated too, but he was well trained because he had served under Moses for 40 years. I mean – he wasn’t exactly a spring chicken when God gave him His incredible I-made-you-for-greatness and I’ve-got-your-back motivational talk.

“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:5-9)

No fear

How cool is that? Even though Joshua was well along in years when this Biblical conversation took place, approximately 80 years old, God gave him a new job. Can you even imagine? God called him up to bigger responsibilities because Joshua had been faithful with smaller responsibilities. And the Bible shows us that when God gave instructions Joshua obeyed. He moved forward obediently followed as the Lord led him.

I’m sure it helped that God continually encouraged him with these same words, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Joshua 8:1)

Just like God wanted Joshua to trust Him with each new assignment, He wants us to trust and follow Him too – no matter our age. When He calls us to new things, we can be strong and courageous because God doesn’t expect us to do it alone. He says we have access to lean on His unending strength instead of our limited abilities.

When I feel like I’m in over my head I don’t need to shake in my shoes. And you don’t either. When God tell us to go – to move on to the next thing – to trust Him in a new adventure – we need to go! We need to move forward and expect Him to provide everything we need so that we can be faithful in the small and big.

After all, when we depend on God, we are depending on the faithful Protector, Provider, Defender, and Guide… who will never leave or forsake us.

Dear Lord,
Thank You for having a purpose for every day I live. Help me to embrace what lies ahead and help me to trust You to provide everything I need to do what You lead me to do.
In Jesus’ name, amen.


Read Isaiah 41:10.

What two things does the Lord instruct us NOT to do in this verse? What four reasons does He give to explain why we shouldn’t do those two things? Why should this matter to you? What is one way you can apply this to your life today? Write a prayer response in your journal or swing by my blog wall and write one in the comments section.


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About Gwen Smith

Gwen Smith

I am an unashamed, imperfect worshiper of Jesus Christ. I cling to His goodness to cover my mess and purpose my days to live out the hope of the Gospel. It is my joy and passion to inspire women to live fully in grace and truth. I write books, devotions and songs. I speak. I sing. I worship. I post, pin and tweet. I am intensely in love with the Word of God and believe, wholeheartedly, that the Bible is divinely inspired truth.


24 responses to “When God Says Go”

  1. Sharlene says:

    I am battling many thing things at once in my personal life and work. I did not loose my way but I sure did not follow it either. I question what it is that God has for me to do instead of continuous praying and giving thanks. My depression has even kicked in more and I am working on that. I want to all to know, we all have our moments. Some moments may take a day or longer. God does not leave our side. He loves us even when we are not feeling lovable.

    My Lord,
    I want to thank you for showing me the way. That way is to You and through You. You give me strength when I am weak. My praises are for You as You are worthy of all praises. You give us what we need when we need it. Your plans are far better than any we can come up with. I ask, My Lord, that You continue to send me and those that need Your strength. I give thanks to You for through You I and all others can do anything.
    In Your name I praise and love,

  2. deborah says:

    I know that I have to chose to stop walking in fear about life.It’s a must for me to go on and lived the abundant life the Father has promise me. Keep me in your payers.Thank You.

  3. Cindy says:

    I was praying this morning and asking “God I’m 52 although I’ve walked with you I’ve also messed up my life so much that now the results are showing. Have I messed it up so much that I’ve missed your call on my life? Am I too old?”
    God reminded me of David, Samson and then Moses. I then went to my email and realized I forgot to read yesterdays devotion. This was it. What a confirmation from God that we are never too old for His call His work. I read all of Isaiah 41 and part of 42. Not only is He telling me not too fear but He is telling me if I will hold His hand and not look for answers from the world but look to Him that He will guide me. Being divorced and not married for 10 yrs and not having a Godly helpmate has always brought fear to go… but I know He has always been with me even when I’ve tried to run…just like Jonah… Thank you so much for your devotion. I sure needed it.

    • Sandy says:

      Cindy, U think ur old? I’m 75 even tho I often say I’m 57 just to help me feel younger. This was an appropriate message for me. God still has plans for me!

  4. Nadine says:

    Fear is something I think of everyday. Job, bills house I fear all those will be taken away. But everyday I also think that God is always watching me and my family. He will not leave me nor forsake me.


  5. Wendy says:

    Yes God is faithful always and really can learn from this and apply it to our daily life’s

  6. Bethany says:

    We are starting the adoption process, and I just sent out a text to my friends yesterday asking for prayer b/c I am so anxious about the finances and questioning my desire vs. God’s calling. This devotion could not have been any more perfectly timed. He is faithful, even in the slightly scary, intimidating life decisions.

  7. Mary Packnick says:

    Father, today I will trust you in all things. I will not look at the natural circumstances other than to say, God is for me! He meets my every need and is always by my side. I trust you for my future as well as my present. I thank you for always being by my side.

  8. Beth Minnick says:

    I am experiencing some serious health issues. It is a scary time for me, but I have chosen faith over fear. Regardless of the outcome, I belong to HIM and rest in full confidence of HIS plan for me. “I will uphold you with MY righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

    • Gwen Smith says:

      One of my favorite Scripture promises, Beth! THIS is the attitude of a woman who is deeply rooted in the strength of her Savior. Well done, friend. Keep moving in the direction of faith over fear…


  9. Jehrica M. says:

    Dear Precious Jesus,
    We humbly come before Your Holy throne and first of all praise and glorify You with all our hearts! Blessed be Your Holy Name! Thank You that we never have to be frightened because You hold us up! Hallelujah! ☆
    Psalm 112:4
    “4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.”

  10. Sheraim says:

    Dear Lord, thank you for giving me reason to not ever be concerned. Thank you for always looking out for me, strengthening me and delivering me from every obstacle that has ever come up in my life. Please help me to trust your process. Please help me to be patient. I know the promises you have made to me, and I know you will never leave me nor foresake me. I love you Lord and I thank you. Amen.

  11. Joyce Rhodes-Barrett says:

    In August of 2013, my daughter, Rachel, had a seizure, was thrown from her wheelchair, sustaining a head injury resulting in constant seizures. I sat in the respiratory ICU room waiting until morning, knowing it was the end of her time with me, reading and praying, feeling the Spirit so thick in the room, God gave me, not only an empty room but His abiding words to me were Joshua 1:9. They have been written on my heart for the past two and a half years. Going it alone requires both strength and courage. No doubt Joshua felt a little uncertain but God knew he was faithful, his heart filled with pleasing and obeying his God. One of my favorite things about God’s word is His taking ordinary people and making them extrodinary in His purpose.

  12. Regina says:

    Lord thank you for bringing this truth to me . that even before i was you had a full laid out plan for me. and you promised that you wil never leave me until all you promised has come to pass. please teach me not to despair, teach me to look at you always when panic is getting the better of me. Teach me to be still and know that you are my God.
    Everytime am starting to be anxious remind me to take a deep breath and remember that you promised to do everything you intended for me. Amen

  13. Claire says:

    Dear Lord, help me not to live an anxious life. Help me to see that You are my strength and my shield and my portion ALL the days of my life, not just today. For it is You who is the Life Giver and Deliverer! In Jesus sweet, sweet name, Amen!

  14. Sarah Johnson says:

    Dear God, thank you for helping and supporting me. I pray that you will bring me closer to you and help me release my fear. Please give me the clarity to keep my eyes on you and to trust in you. Amen

  15. Amber says:

    Lord, I will not be afraid. I will not be discouraged. You are here for me. You are my God. You will help me. You will uphold me with your righteous right hand. In the midst of this major life transition, I will stand on your word!

  16. Katie says:

    Dear Father, I will not be afraid with my new job adventure. I trust in you to provide me with guidance and live through this. Thank you Lord.

  17. Dupe Fijabi says:

    Dear Lord, I Dupe will not fear or be dismayed because You are strengthening and leading me in way I should go daily. Thank You Lord

  18. Jeanie says:

    Dear Father, Thank you that you have promised me that you will never leave me or forsake me, so I have nothing to fear. You are my God. Help me to keep my eyes focused on you and not anxiously look about me. You’ve promised to strengthen, help, and uphold me with Your righteous right hand. I claim and trust your promises. You are the faithful one. Help me to fall in love with you more and more each day and trust you with abandon. Make my life a song of praise to glorify you. Bless Gwen and please bring healing to her heart and beautiful memories of her precious dad to comfort her. In Jesus name, Amen

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