Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.
Read: Joshua 1.9
‘I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’
Ponder: When God said these words to Joshua, he was standing at the edge of the promised land, in front of thousands of weary Israelites, grieving the loss of his friend and mentor Moses. The people had wandered for more than a generation, learning how to be God’s beloved people, God’s treasured possession. Now it was time to build on that foundation and move forward into God’s plans for them. Yet as so often happens, there at the threshold of the future, the people were looking backward, allowing anxiety about the future to overwhelm them. Joshua gets this message from God: be strong and courageous, do not be frightened or dismayed, I am with you.
When have you felt more like looking back than forward? How did you respond? What helps you to look across into the promised land and take that first step through the door?
Set a timer for one minute, and make a written list of the things that were good about the past—things you wish you could re-live.
Re-set the timer for another minute, and make a written list of the things that concern you about the future.
Set the timer for two minutes and just listen for God’s promise in the silence—a promise that builds on what is good to address what is scary.