Silence, Stillness and Centering before God (2 Minutes)
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Gracious and eternal God, You are holy, You are mighty, You are worthy of all praise. We try to follow You, we try to listen to You, we try to love You, but we fall short time and again. Our self-centered sinfulness strains the relationship You want with us, and causes our hearts to become calloused. But thank You for loving us, for extending grace and forgiveness, for melting our hardened hearts, and for providing a path for redemption through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
We read the Biblical stories and we tend to feel that those in the scriptures are superhuman. The truth is, they were people just like you and me. If there is a difference, it is the fact that they heard from God and, in Joshua’s case, decided to believe what God said. God chose Joshua to replace Moses as leader of the Jewish nation and lead them into the promised land. But God knew the task ahead and he knew Joshua. He knew that Joshua was a normal person with passions, fears, and struggles. So, when God appointed Joshua as the leader, Moses met with him three times and told him to be strong and courageous. Then God called Joshua and Moses to appear before Him and personally told Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.” Can you imagine the impact that would have had on Joshua? To have Moses tell him three times and then meet with God face to face, and hear God tell him the same thing? But that was not enough. After Moses died, God personally called Joshua and spoke directly to him four more times. Each time God told Joshua to “be strong and courageous”. What did God know about Joshua that would cause Him to tell Joshua, directly and indirectly, eight times that he was to be strong and courageous? He no doubt knew that Joshua was a man just like you and me and that he needed to put his feeble faith in a supernatural God. That is what Joshua did and God delivered him and the Jewish nation into the promised land. What is it that you need courage for? What do you need strength for? Remember today what God reminded Joshua of eight times, “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For I AM with you wherever you go.”
Father, you know all about me. You know how I need You. Today You have told me, like You told Joshua, not to be afraid but to be strong and courageous. Oh, Father, tell me again and again until like Joshua, I get it. I bring You my fears and my doubts, for You promised that You are with me wherever I am. Please help me, to be strong and courageous. In Jesus’ name.
Prayer: Conclude with Silence (2 Minutes)
The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.