After forty years of wandering in the desert, just as Israel was about to enter the Promised Land, God commanded them to be strong and brave (Joshua 1:6). He wanted them to know that while he did promise them a home for themselves, the Israelites had to cooperate with him in order to receive this inheritance.
In a similar way, God calls each of us to be strong and courageous so that we can experience his freedom and grace during our Lenten "desert"...
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