Would you agree that when Christopher Robin said to Winnie the Pooh, “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you”, that he was giving him a “pep talk”? Coaches, teachers, and parents usually become experts at giving these short speeches that are meant to instill enthusiasm and bolster the morale of their children or students. Leaders of all kinds use “pep talks”, which are defined as brief, intense, emotional talks that are designed to influence or encourage the audience, to inspire others to work harder and to think positively about themselves and their challenge.
When the Lord spoke to Joshua as he took over from Moses the challenge of leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, He gave him something like a pep talk. There was a huge difference between what the Lord told Joshua, however, and any other kind of human encouragement or inspirational ideas. When God Himself reminded Joshua of His very own presence and strength, it was no longer up to Joshua to believe in himself. He would not be alone. He didn’t need to muster up faith in his own abilities or experience. The Lord God promised that “He would be with him. He would not fail or abandon Him. He would give him success.” What did Joshua need to do in order to succeed? God made it very clear. “Meditate on His book and do what it says!”
Feeling a little insecure or inadequate? Wishing that someone could give you some additional courage? Why not take the advice that God gave to Joshua and focus on His promises to you. As the Lord said to the Apostle Paul, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (II Corinthians 12: 9)