December 11 - Joshua 1:1-9

December 11 - Joshua 1:1-9

1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant,  2  “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.  3  Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.  4  From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory.  5  No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.  6  Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.  7  Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.  8  This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  9  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”


God told Joshua, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  Have you gone through periods in your life when you have felt alone?  If we’re honest, we all have.  Work to memorize this verse placing your name before the first word. 


Example:  Sarah, be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.


(Placing your name in front of this scripture personalizes it for you, which is exactly what God intended.  Be comforted that God is  always with you and stand firmly on this promise.)


Oh Heavenly Father, You do want us to have a personal relationship with You.  You want us to hear You calling us by name.  You know us each better than we know ourselves.  It is amazing to me to realize You know how many hairs are on my head.  You know every cell in my body…because You created them all.  Help me to have a relationship with You that is personal and special.  You alone can build me up in ways no one else can.  You know what I need to hear, not necessarily what I want to hear, but You always give me what I need in every moment.  Help me to realize that and to praise You and glorify You for all You do, and what You don’t do.  You don’t hold my past against me, You don’t expect me to do things without You.  You are with me in every moment and You hold me up daily.

Thank You Father for this love that is indescribable.  Thank You for Your Word so we can know You better and learn how to love like You love.  Thank You for taking us through the wilderness.  I am so thankful You don’t just take us to the wilderness and leave us there, but You are with us and take us through it and to the other side, where You can teach us, use us.  Please mold me and make me what You need me to be this day.  Help me reach those for You that You put in my path.


In Jesus’ name.



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