- Jesse Thompson
9/7/22 - God Encouraged Joshua
What a promise. What a Savior.
We often think that fear is the absence of courage, and to some degree, it is. However, true courage is not someone who is free of fear. Courage comes to us most often, and especially when we are young, from the presence of another. In C. S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Lucy, the young heroine of Lewis' stories, was on a boat that went into the dark night of a cave where their worst fears were realized.
Going into the cave, they all were afraid. Inside the cave, their fears were realized. They were in the middle of the night and without hope, and Lucy (whose name means “light”) asked Aslan to send help.
Aslan (the Christ figure in Lewis' work) answered by sending his light into their darkness and his word to her heart. He said, "Courage, dear heart."
The gospel tells us that our greatest enemy, sin, and our greatest fear, death, has no hold on us—not because of courage that rises up from within us, but from courage that came from outside of us. Jesus came from outside of us and said to us through his life, death, and resurrection, "Courage, dear heart."
The promise of peace, true rest that Moses and now Joshua sought, was not conditional on what they saw in front of them. It was based on the character of God. The promise God gave to Joshua was the promise of His presence in the middle of the dark night. This promise is true for us and is experienced in the person and work of Christ.
Take a moment to allow the Person of God's Spirit to whisper to your heart what God's Word proclaims to be true, no matter how difficult your week or dark your night. You are loved, you are cared for, you are not alone. Christ is with you. Christ has gone before you; Christ is interceding for you.
Remember the words God gave Joshua: “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh. 1:9). What a promise. What a Savior.
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Adult Daily Discipleship Guide
FAMILY TALKING POINTS
This is the big idea of how this week’s Bible story points to Jesus.
Preschool: Joshua led God’s people into the promised land. Jesus leads us into the promised land of God’s kingdom.
Kids: God encouraged Joshua and promised to be with him as he led the Israelites into the promised land, where they would be victorious and find rest. We have victory over sin and rest for our souls in Jesus, who is with us always and leads us into the promised land of God’s kingdom.
BIG PICTURE QUESTION AND ANSWER
This is an important biblical truth that your child will encounter each week of this unit.
Preschool: What is the Bible? The Bible is God’s words to us.
Kids: What is the Bible? The Bible is God’s Word that tells us what is true about God and ourselves.
This is a Bible verse that relates to what your child will encounter each week of this unit.
Preschool: This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8
Kids: This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8
Mornings: Ask God to remind you of His presence today. How does God’s presence help us live with confidence and courage?
Evenings: Thank God for His promises and His faithfulness to keep those promises. Why can we trust God? How does His faithfulness give us strength for tough times?
For Fun: Cut a 2-inch square out of cardstock or index card. Direct each family member to write God Keeps His Promises on the square. Encourage each family member to keep the square in their pocket or display it on a mirror or door for the remainder of the week. Whenever they notice the card, take a moment to thank God for the promises He has made and will keep.
To Serve: Send flowers or a gift to someone you know has been sick or hospitalized. Make a card to go with the gift and write Joshua 1:9 on the card. As a family, pray that the recipient would find comfort and hope in God’s promises.
** Next week: God Stopped the Jordan River (Joshua 3–4)