Be Strong…

I have a link for daily Bible readings that comes up on my iCalendar every day.  Today’s reading is from the Old Testament in the book of Joshua Chapter 1;

6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

I love it that God is telling Joshua that He’s got His plan and that He wants to use Joshua.  God wants to encourage Joshua to not be afraid, to be strong and courageous….saying it multiple times!  He even talks about one of the most basic things that can often be excused away for ‘not having enough time’ – reading God’s Word – The Bible!   Mark talked this past Sunday about what we’re filling our lives (“shelves”) with.  If we’re not meditating on the Bible day/night how do we expect to know God more?  In our small group we have a challenge out to start our days with God…before coffee or anything.  Pray/Read even if it’s for a minute starting our day with God.  Then we can spend more time with Him throughout the day.  There’s just something about starting our day and ending our day with God that puts things/stresses/worries in perspective isn’t there!?  If you’d like to join our challenge, do!  Put a verse on your bathroom mirror or alarm clock and pray for at least 1 minute when you get up and when you go to sleep.  You’ll be amazed at what focusing on God does for your day (and your sleep!)

“The Law” specifically can be found in the Old Testament and there were a bunch of things that God had told people to write down for everyone to follow.  A lot of those things (sacrifices, etc.) we don’t need to do anymore because Jesus died on the cross for us and rose again!  Ummm…how crazy is that!?   What a time of the year to reflect on this! -Easter!  We can also read “The Law” as God’s Word and think about that when we’re reading these verses.

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