In Joshua, the first chapter, we read of Joshua’s great mission, ordained by God. …
Three times the Lord said, “Be strong, and be bold”, even “be very bold”, and his people asked him to be strong and bold for them, as well.
Often translated as “courageous”, my Complete Jewish Bible translates that directive as “bold”. I like words, and the nuance of that word used for Joshua’s calling inspired new thoughts and considerations of his leadership role in this particular mission.
I looked up “bold”:
not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring: a bold hero
not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent: (He apologized for being so bold as to speak to the emperor.)
necessitating courage and daring; challenging: a bold adventure.
beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative: Einstein was a bold mathematician. a difficult problem needing a bold answer.
striking or conspicuous to the eye; flashy; showy: a bold pattern.
Fascinating; especially #4: Beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative….needing a bold answer.
Yep…I LOVE it!! So much of what we are called to today requires bold answers, unconventional actions, strategic planning, new thoughts for tough problems! Just the kind of missions our Lord loves (think about all the cool, amazing, and downright audacious adventures all through the Bible)!!
Of course, this requires a close relationship with our Lord so that we can hear these daring, audacious, imaginative and unusual solutions to our world’s problems. And our willingness to say, “Yes!”, to His many missions right now waiting for a hero…just like YOU!!
Let’s suit up and show up, Saints!! Clothed in the whole armour of God (Eph 6), nothing can stop the strong and the bold, called to His puposes, annointed with the power of the Holy Spirit!!
“Be strong and VERY BOLD!!”