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.
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear.”
Joshua. Rahab. Zechariah. Elizabeth. John the Baptist.
Everyone was faithful. Joshua exhibited great leadership. Rahab showed courage and faith. Zechariah showed understanding and praise. Elizabeth was obedient and John the Baptist prepared the way.
And God… He was there. He was with each of them. He led Joshua. He showed grace to Rahab. He gave insight to Zechariah. He blessed Elizabeth and He gave John a special calling.
Their stories are rich because they are part of the grand story – the overarching story of God redeeming a people to call His own. We are privileged to be swept up in the same story. And we can say, along with Joshua and Rahab and the rest – that God is with us.