Well, it is now 2018. It seems like just yesterday it was January 1, 2017. Time really does fly the older we get.
Our church is embarking on a 52 week Bible reading plan that will enable us to read the Bible in one year. Today's reading was Joshua 1-5 and as I finished today's reading, I found myself wanting more. It is amazing how God's Word is so alive and enriching that it invigorates the soul while at the same time soothes the soul.
In Joshua 1 we read about God telling Joshua to 'be strong and courageous'. You know, I often hear that quoted when someone speaks of being fearful, or nervous, or anxious about a life situation. And often it is relevant, but there are many times that the quote does not fit the circumstance.
God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous, "but above all, be very strong and courageous to observe carefully the whole instruction my servant Moses commanded you" (CSB).
God is telling Joshua, yes, be courageous as a man of God, but...be very strong and courageous (or do not waiver in) following God's instruction.
For us, how do we receive God's instruction? Yes, we have pastors and teachers, but the best way for us to receive God's instruction is from the Holy Scriptures themselves.
So, I hope you are enjoying your time of reading God's Word and I pray that you meditate on it and apply it to your daily life.
May you come away from your reading time encouraged as well as questioning. Part of this journey is asking God what exactly is meant by some passages of Scripture that are difficult to digest. Please let me know if I can help in any way with your times of questioning.
- Pastor Dane