Daily Inspiration: Do you see something of Christ in your life? His love... His joy... His peace... Lord, You have never turned away from me. Thank you for taking me back when I have faltered.
Daily Scripture & Reflection: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22
A Time to Think: God’s friendship is the unexpected joy we find when we reach His outstretched hand. –Janet L. Weaver Smith, writer
A Time to Act: Confidently trust God to handle things beyond your efforts.
A Time to Pray: Heavenly Father, please help me face each day with grace and appreciation for the blessings of Your love.
Birth verse for June 25: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Matthew 6:25 NIV
PrayFit Devotional: Walking Joshua To Class; June 25, 2013
“So Joshua ordered the officers of the people.” –Joshua 1:10
Read: Joshua 1
I used to dread 5th period math. Oh, I was fine with the subject matter, but it was the getting to my math class that had me shaking in my little boots. Each day that semester, a small group of bullies would hang out by my locker, calculating ways to torment me until one day, I got smart and asked my Bubba to walk me to class. Little did they know that the skinniest kid in school was the younger brother of the toughest. They did the math.
In our passage today, Moses has just died and the responsibility fell on Joshua. In preparing Joshua to address the people, you notice God say things like, “Nobody will be able to stand against you” (v. 5), “Be strong and courageous” (v. 6) “Be strong and very courageous” (v. 7) and then again God finishes his holy encouragement with, “Have I not commanded you, be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (v. 9)
God walked Joshua to class.
You know, I don’t remember ever being scared again on the way to math. Not because of who I was, but because of who walked with me that day. If you notice, God didn’t tell Joshua, “Chin up, you have the power, trust your instincts, believe in yourself.” No, God knew Joshua could stand tall because he wouldn’t be alone. And what was Joshua’s response? After nine verses of God’s assurance, we learn Joshua didn’t hesitate. That’s right. He ordered. He commanded. He pushed forward in faith and trust. (Because that’s how winning is done.)
Folks, faith says that there aren’t enough problems waiting around today’s corner that can add up or stand up to the One you bring with you. Like we said yesterday, life hits hard. Life can bully. And if we rely on our “selves,” we do have reason to fear. But like Joshua and that skinny fifth grader, you and I don’t walk to class alone. –Jimmy Peña
For Discussion: What are you facing that needs your absolute faith and trust that God is with you? Health, financial, relationships, hardships? What can we be praying with you about? www.prayfit.com/2013/06/