Exodus 17, 24, 32, 33; Acts 7:45; Hebrews 4:7-9
Joshua succeeds Moses
Joshua, Moses’ successor would lead the Israelites into battle but the Lord gave the victory. God gave Joshua the assurance that He had a plan and knew what He was doing in leading Joshua. Every place Joshua set his foot on would be his. No one would be able to stand up against him all the days of his life. God would be with Joshua just as He was with Moses.
This promise was God’s invitation for Joshua to stop focusing on himself, stop worrying about his abilities, competence, future, and success. Joshua was asked to depend on God. Joshua was asked to trust in God nothing more, nothing less. Is God able to see you through, whether it be at work, school, or at home? Faith takes God at His word. Faith is the confidence that God is able. He is able, more than able; to accomplish what concerns me today. He is able, more than able, to handle anything that comes my way. He is able, more than able, to do much more than I could ever dream. He is able, more than able, to make me what He wants me to be.
Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life, grant us perfectly to know Your Son, Jesus Christ, to be the way, the truth, and the life, that following his steps we may steadfastly walk in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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