Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Noon

Read Joshua 1:1-9

Joshua did not stop to pray and ask God for help. God came to him to assure His servant leader of His presence and power.

What was God’s promise to Joshua in verses 1 – 5?

How can you apply God’s words to your life today?

God continued to encourage Joshua on his mission. Read verses 6-9. How many times did God tell Joshua to be "strong and courageous?" Read the verses first as God’s promise to Joshua and then read them as God’s word to you in whatever you do for Him today. Meditate on these words of promise as God’s word to you today.

Take a walk or drive around your neighborhood or place of work as you pray for God to reign “every place where you set your foot” (v. 3).

I always need to hear God's words to "be strong and courageous." Like most people I befriend comfort over discipline and the easy way rather than the hard way. But God's call never leaves me comfortable or at ease, so I need to hear His words for me. By the way, I'd rather run on the trails of the Colorado Rockies at 10,000 feet than sit on the couch watching Tevo'd episodes of The Office. God's invitation is more like the trail run than the couch, and I wouldn't change His call on my life for anything.

You can read more about this Hero of the Faith in the study guide for our summer series, devotedependdeclare, (30-35) which is available at the Connections Desk at Legacy.


3 comments:

Tammy said...

Because I've always had trouble with fear issues in my life, another saying that I've heard and have now taken as my battle cry when I have to be strong and courageous is "that on the other side of our greatest fear is God's greatest blessing". I have to say through personal experience that it's true! Every thing that God has called me to do, which has brought sheer terror to every bone in my body, has only been a step to a new understanding of who God is.
Ultimately He is glorified because it becomes less about me and my hangups(hello, duh?) but instead about using me to make His name famous...now does it get any better than that? Who said staying connected to the vine would ever be easy, but if we do and persevere, the fruit will come and we'll see the blessing God has for us.

Patsy said...

I love that the very first thing God tells Joshua is, "Moses is dead". I often need the reminder that my past is my past. God was faithful to work through those before me, and I continue to learn how he's using me to work in others. Sometimes I wish for those who were smarter, stronger, greater, bolder, and all those other "-er's" to come back and help me or advise me or teach me, but God reminded me just last week that I can't put my faith in another person's abilities. When I look to the God who shaped the heroes of my past (or present), I can be strong and courageous, and as Tammy said so well, I can point to Him and the changes He's making in me. Not easy, but definitely an adventure!

faithrunner said...

fighting through our fear and moving beyond our past are keys to doing what God call us to do. I am glad God comes to encourage us; otherwise, I'd never get off the couch. I can't come up with enough courage on my own...