6 “Be strong and courageous, for you will divide this land which I swore to your fathers to give them.†Jashua 1 : 6-9
7 Be strong, therefore, and courageous to guard yourself and to do as Moses My servant commanded you; then you will not turn away from them, to the right nor to the left. In this way, you will have understanding in whatever you do.
8 The book of this law shall not depart from your mouth, and you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may have the understanding to do all the things written therein. Then you will both prosper, make your ways prosperous, and have understanding.
9 Behold, I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous. Do not be cowardly or fearful, for the Lord your God is with you in all things, wherever you go.”
Fighting the wars of God needs courage, weapons and armour. It takes a lot of courage to fight these wars. A key message in this passage is “Be strong, therefore, and courageous to guard yourself” and then it continues “The book of this law shall not depart from your mouth“. Virgin Mary did exactly that. How about you?
Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, Elk Grove, California. The Orthodox Study Bible. Nashville :Thomas Nelson, 2008.