APRIL 16, Deuteronomy 31:6-7
God appointed Joshua to lead two million people into a new land called Canaan. However, that land was occupied with people who hated God and the Israelites. In order to bring his people in, Joshua had to wage war against the inhabitants.
Oh no! Joshua looked at the people of Israel who were so weak and untrained in warfare. How could they stand against the Canaanites, who were such seasoned warriors? It was such an uphill task. How could Joshua not be afraid?
God understood Joshua’s fears. Let us see how God gave Joshua confidence and courage to carry out the war campaigns. First, He encouraged Joshua in words, “Be strong and of a good courage.” God promised to go with Joshua wherever he would go and would never leave or forsake him. He promised Joshua victory. Joshua faithfully obeyed God and was strengthened.
Secondly, God encouraged Joshua by the miracles He had done. He showed Joshua that He has power to do the impossible. You may remember the account of the waters of Jordan standing still as walls to let the people cross as well as the walls of Jericho tumbling down at the sound of the people’s shouting. These were impossible by man’s thinking but by God’s might, nothing is impossible. As long as the people exercised faith by acting in accordance to God’s commands, victory was won. Aren’t we afraid sometimes when homework, exams or school duties seem so difficult? Recall all the great things God has done for you and pray for courage.
I need courage to:
1. own up to Mom that I played computer games instead of doing home work.
Thought: The Lord will give us courage to do what is right.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me courage to do what I have written in the list above. I know it is difficult, but with Your help, I can do them. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.