Read & Consider
Read Joshua 1. 6-9
Following Moses’ death, having been his close aide, Joshua is called by God to lead the people of Israel (Joshua 1: 1-5). What a most incredible honour but also, how terrifying!
Joshua would have known the highs and lows Moses faced as he led God’s people towards the promised land, and the particularities and detail of God’s commands, but as God commissions him, three times he says, ‘Be Strong and Courageous’. He is reassuring and encouraging him. God knew that this was a big call on Joshua’s life, He knew this was a big ask, but He also reiterates that He has called him, this is no accident and that He will be with him and never leave or forsake him (verses 5&9).
Over to you
- God to give you the courage and boldness to step out for Him in big ways.
- For our church leaders: that they would know God’s encouragement and protection as they wholeheartedly lead us in a period of uncertainty.
- Our church community, that we would be brave yet reverent as we move into a new season, heeding God’s call, knowing He is with us.
Where might God be encouraging you to listen for His call and to step out courageously in faith today?
This may be speaking up for something you feel strongly about, or talking to someone new about your faith, inviting a friend to church, perhaps in our parenting, or addressing areas of conflict with family or friends.
Over the next 7 days take a moment every day to speak the words, ‘Be Strong and Courageous’ and ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ as words of encouragement and promise, over particular areas of challenge in your life or over our church family.
Optional extra Family activity
As a family discuss how sometimes it can be difficult or maybe scary to try new things, but that we can ask God for help with things that are hard. Perhaps each person think of one thing they can try this week that is new (a new food or activity, or maybe picking up a little bug in the garden!), and when we do that thing pray before to ask for God’s help to at least try.
Today’s Pray Today was prepared by Sarah
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