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December 22, 2017

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Reading along with us in Joshua? Here’s today’s reading:

Joshua 1 (ESV)

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”.....Continue Reading

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  1. I can only imagine the crazy emotions Joshua must have been feeling. His closest mentor was dead, leaving him in charge of conquering the land for his entire nation. God constantly has to remind Joshua to be courageous, and for good reason! With this courage, though, Joshua takes up the challenge; he trusts that God will be there every step of the way just like he did for Moses.

  2. Yes, Yes, Yes!!! We may never be in Joshua’s shoes, but where is our need for strength and courage? I am sure the need exists in our lives and we are wise to take God at His word and follow where He leads. We know that He will be faithful!

    But how essential the word is in that process. We need to be oriented to the things of God, both in the things the Word commands as well as the things the word provides. May we meditate on it day and night!

    I also like this little exchange between Joshua and the Eastern tribes. He is courageous to remind them what they promised God and Moses, and they are faithful to not only agree but to encourage and support Joshua in his new role. God’s help to make us courageous is great and yet people can help in that process as well.

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