Day sixteen of our cover to cover voyage through the Bible. Today we get the account of the conquering of the Promised Land, including the stories of Jesus' ancestor Rahab the prostitute and the defeat of Jericho. Today's reading is full of rewards and consequences for abiding in or neglecting the will of the Lord.
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Day 16 Readings: Joshua 1:1-14:15
"Be strong and courageous" is a refrain that appears repeatedly in our readings today.
Often we are faced with challenges that seem larger than our ability. And they are in our own strength. But if it is God's will and God intends to support our efforts we can accomplish so much more that we might imagine. As Switchfoot popularized "we were meant to live for so much more"--God has big plans and all the strength we need to press into that future.
Stepping outside of our own visions and abilities and trusting the leading and equipping of God takes courage. Where did Rahab get the courage to protect the spies? Where did Joshua and Caleb get the courage to believe that God would deliver the Promised Land into their hands? Where did Peter get the courage to step out of the boat and onto the water? Where did Joseph of Arimathea get the courage to ask for Jesus' body? Where might we get the courage to step into the new and scary places that God may be calling us into?
"Be strong and courageous" and remember Philiipians 1:6: God will bring to completion the good word begun in the day of Christ Jesus.
God we thank you for witnesses like Joshua, Caleb, Rahab, Peter, Jesus, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and all the others who lives of strength and courage inspire us. Amen.