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Joshua 1-3; Luke 1:57-80

God tells Joshua three times:

Be strong and courageous.

Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 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.” Joshua 1:6-9, NLT.

The scouts who slip into Jericho’s walls meet Rahab, a prostitute, who helps them. She tells them how word has spread throughout the region of God’s power and presence with them.

“I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror. 10 For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. 11 No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.” Joshua 2:9-11, NLT.

I read on of them preparing themselves to move forward into God’s promise.

The Lord told Joshua, “Today I will begin to make you a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites. They will know that I am with you, just as I was with Moses. Give this command to the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant: ‘When you reach the banks of the Jordan River, take a few steps into the river and stop there.’” Joshua 3:7-8, NLT.

I hunker into a literary huddle inside the camp, leaning in to listen. Joshua was probably speaking loudly to a crowd, but in my mind, he whispers so I draw closer in expectation.

So Joshua told the Israelites, “Come and listen to what the Lord your God says. 10 Today you will know that the living God is among you …” Joshua 3:9-10a, NLT.

Step in and stop. This phrase sticks with me through the years, and I’m reminded today. I read these verses several years ago when we were preparing to move. Today, I can look back at that time of life and see God’s hand throughout the details.

Sometimes God leads into unfamiliar territory. I am thankful for every single step (tear and fear) of that journey. There was no doubt of his presence at the time, even when stepping out in faith was heavy and hard. Don’t miss his glory. Look for him, even in times of deep sadness or fear … the living God is among you. The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Courtney (66books365)

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Josh. 3; Ps.126-128; Isa. 63; Matt. 11

I get a few lines into the scene and return to it again and again. There is something here for me. Distracted by verses in other books: quivers, tears in planting/joy in harvest, His rest. Yet I can’t keep away from Joshua. And I can’t stop wondering if the water was cold that day.

These are the bites that grab me:

Since you have never traveled this way before

for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you

take a few steps into the river and stop there

Step in and stop.

A harvest season and overflowing banks. God tells them to step in and stop. I try to imagine what it all looked like: the people, the water, the priests preparing to step out ahead, the air of anticipation and expectation, the presence of God making a way.

He goes before me; He goes with me. And in seasons of overflow, His harvest is great. If I step in and stop, won’t I then bear witness to His great wonders? If I am too busy testing the water and looking around, I miss out on His gift of rest in the overflow. If I am intimidated by the waters and don’t step out in faith, I will miss out on His wonders.

Father, as we prepare to move in the coming weeks, I am thankful for your word and comforting reminder that you go before me and you go with me. May I have peace in the “stopping” in your presence, looking with anticipation and expectation of your great wonders. May I rest in the being still, and knowing who you are. Amen.

Courtney (66books365)

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