After wandering for 40 years in the desert, a new generation is ready to enter Canaan. Over these years these people had fallen; with failing faith. They refused to obey God. Finally, the new generation was ready for the promised land. Joshua was chosen, after Moses, to lead His people across the Jordan River.
God prepares both Joshua and the nation by teaching them the importance of courageous and consistent faith. The nation then miraculously crosses the Jordan River to begin the long awaited conquest of the promised land. Like Joshua, we too need faith to begin and continue living the Christian life.
"Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 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. 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. 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."
This was the study we heard at church today! I really enjoyed it. I believe it speaks volumes to us today. We are Gods people still; we are His chosen people! All of us! If we believe...be strong and courageous! Notice how many times Joshua says this...be strong and very courageous. I think we need these words in today's world, just as much as the people needed them then. "Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go!"
God is with us wherever we go! If we follow His word and trust in Him, we will be successful. He loves us so much. He wants to bring us to His new promised land...heaven.
I hope that these words from Joshua will speak to you as it has done for me today. Sometimes I feel weak and courage-less, just as the Israelites were. However, when I turn to Him and also read His word, I find much strength and I know I can continue on with much success and happiness.
Are you strong and courageous? When you read God's word, do you find strength? If you've never opened the Bible, would you like to? Be strong and courageous... I think it takes practice. Let go and let God guide us.
I wanted to share with you my daughter during her art lesson. Actually, this lesson comes from her Girl Scout book. She is working on her Drawing badge. I am encouraging her to work on a few thing she likes in her Girl Scout book and this is the first one she wanted to do.
|Here she is concentrating on her "still life" drawing!|
|She drew with three different types of medium: Pastels, Marker, and Colored Pencils.|
|She takes her art very seriously! Very proud if her.|