Read Joshua 1:1-9
“‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.'”
I let me son pick the scripture for this post. He’s 11 and just starting to figure out what it means to be strong and courageous. And even more, what it means to trust God to be with Him wherever he goes. I think that is the draw of this passage to young boys – and really it is so simple yet so profound! Can you imagine being Joshua? God chose him as the one to lead the people of Israel into the promised land. A people who have been wandering the desert for 40 years. Finally! They have arrived – but it is only just the beginning….
- Write down God’s promises in the scripture passage. – what do you think He is trying to tell Joshua?
- Write down God’s commands in this passage.
- Why does God say that it is important to keep the book of Law always on his lips (and ours)? Why is this reminder so important at this stage of their journey?
- God may be calling you to lead people, or simply trust Him to take the next step. What is God speaking to you through this passage.
God so beautifully promises Joshua and us that He will never leave us and that we need not be afraid or discouraged. Still, He commands us to GO… and to be strong and be courageous. Hold tight to God’s promise and step forward with courage and strength knowing that He is with you wherever you go! Praying for you!