January 2 - Joshua 8:1-9

January 2 - Joshua 8:1-9

8 And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear and do not be dismayed. Take all the fighting men with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, and his people, his city, and his land.  2  And you shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king. Only its spoil and its livestock you shall take as plunder for yourselves. Lay an ambush against the city, behind it.” 3  So Joshua and all the fighting men arose to go up to Ai. And Joshua chose 30,000 mighty men of valor and sent them out by night.  4  And he commanded them, “Behold, you shall lie in ambush against the city, behind it. Do not go very far from the city, but all of you remain ready.  5  And I and all the people who are with me will approach the city. And when they come out against us just as before, we shall flee before them.  6  And they will come out after us, until we have drawn them away from the city. For they will say, ‘They are fleeing from us, just as before.’ So we will flee before them.  7  Then you shall rise up from the ambush and seize the city, for the LORD your God will give it into your hand.  8  And as soon as you have taken the city, you shall set the city on fire. You shall do according to the word of the LORD. See, I have commanded you.”  9  So Joshua sent them out. And they went to the place of ambush and lay between Bethel and Ai, to the west of Ai, but Joshua spent that night among the people.


God encourages Joshua and gives him instruction and plans for victory. 

Do you ever think to yourself, “but that was then and now God doesn’t speak to me in the same way”?  Aww but God has left instructions for us through His Word and the Holy Spirit. 

How are you seeking God’s directions on a daily basis? 

Are you staying in His Word, praying and asking for Godly counsel? 

If not, begin the New Year by seeking God and preparing for your life victories.   


Oh Father, how much I want to know You better.  I do know You better than I did a few years ago, but like most, I want to know You better, now!  I want to understand Your word better, now!  That is how I always seem to be.  I want what I want, and I want it now.  But I do know how wonderful the journey is to knowing You better and understanding Your word better over time.  There is no way for me to comprehend all You want to teach me and show me without me being hungry for it and being willing to humble myself to learn it.  Help me learn something new about You every day this year.  Help me love You more every single day.  Help me to share how amazing You are with others every single day.  I want to grow, and I want others to hear how amazing You are.  Help me see the opportunities You allow me so I can jump on those opportunities in whatever way You guide.  Thank You for loving me, when I know I am so unlovable.


In Jesus’ name.



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