Today’s reading is Joshua 1-2.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.” God is not saying Joshua should be strong and courageous to do what God has commanded, but rather that Joshua can be strong and courageous because God is the one who commanded him. The point is not if God commanded it that means Joshua can do it; so he shouldn’t sweat it. The point is when God commands something, we can be assured He will strengthen us to accomplish it if we do not turn to the right or the left, but simply pursue what He has commanded. We do not have confidence in our ability to keep the command, but confidence in the One who made the command. Like Peter who trusted the one who commanded him to get out of the boat, we can trust God and simply do what He says. So, be strong and courageous today. Has not God commanded you?

Tomorrow’s reading is Joshua 3-4.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, you’ve probably read many of these accounts we are about to read in the book of Joshua. We often teach these Old Testament accounts in the congregational Bible classes for our children. As we read through these together over the next few weeks, be aware that these are not just interesting stories to entertain you. They are lessons God recorded to parallel our lives. The Israelites make a lot of mistakes that Christians today make and need to avoid. The Israelites have a lot of victories that God wants to give Christians today. As we read these stories, see if you can stretch your thinking to grasp how these events actually say something about your own life. It will be a whole new vista of Bible reading for you. It may be hard and even uncomfortable at first. But I promise it will be very rewarding.

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