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 1:9 ESV


Fourteen years ago this month, my family and I faced a very uncertain future. We had just completed two years on the mission field in Beirut, Lebanon. Through a series of unexpected–yet divinely ordained–events, we found ourselves unable to return to Lebanon. As a result, I was also unemployed.

I was afraid. I had a wife and four kids to support. I had no job, we had no home or car, and all of our earthly possessions could fit into a handful of plastic totes.

During this time of uncertainty, the Lord brought me back to Joshua 1:9. It was a verse he had impressed upon me two years earlier as we prepared to go live and work in the Middle East. It was a reminder that no matter how the present circumstances may appear, God still sits on his throne, he is still in charge, and he will provide as he promised.

And sure enough, he did. By the end of November of 2005, I was on staff at Crossings. God faithfully met our every need…and more.

In my current role in Congregational Care, I visit with people every day who face uncertainty. They might be dealing with sickness, sorrow, or the setbacks life can throw our way. They are fearful about what the future may hold.

But the Lord reminds us over and over through his Word that he is with us always so we should not fear. The same Savior who tells us, “In this world you will have trouble,” also reminds us, “Take heart! I have overcome the world.”

To me, that means there is absolutely nothing that we will face in this life–including death–that we ever need to fear. We are commanded to be strong and courageous! With Christ on our side, we are victorious!


Heavenly Father,

I thank you that you are with me always. I thank you that when I am weak and afraid, your strength is perfected in me through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit and through Christ, I am victorious. In every circumstance of life, help me to keep my eyes fixed on you rather than on my situation. As I overcome my fear with your presence, let my life point others to the beauty of your son, Jesus.


Michael Milligan

Pastor of Pastoral Care


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