Message: “THANKFUL-for the Lord’s Leading/Protecting”
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 31:1-8 / Joshua 1:1-9
8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
1 Peter 2:9-10
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
What Does the Text Say?
Last week we reviewed how the Children of Israel were right at the doorway to the Promised Land but they refused to go in because of fear, not fully trusting God, and reverting back to the slave mentality. Now, 40 years have pasted and once again the Children of Israel are at yet another entrance into the God’s Promised Land.
The leadership of Moses is coming to an end, he is 120 years old and because he did not give glory to God for providing water from the rock in the desert, he will be able to view the Promised Land but will not be able to go in, so a new leader will be appointed. Moses gives his final address to the Children of Israel, telling them that he will not be going with them, but that God Himself will lead them, and that God has appointed Joshua, son of Nun to be His representative leader to them. Joshua is summoned to come in front of the people and Moses anoints him as leader, then goes off with God to look into the Promised Land, then he dies and God buries him.
Now the Children of Israel have a new leader, a warrior, one who has both led them in battle and one who has been a close follower of Moses. The Lord appears to Joshua and reassures him that like with Moses, He will be with him, only he is to make it a priority to listen to and follow God’s directions.
God encourages Joshua to be strong and very courageous, that He will go before Joshua and the Children of Israel and will drive out the current people who live in the Promised Land. God reminds Joshua that this land was part of the covenant that He had made with Abraham and that now He is giving to the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Children of Israel.
God tells Joshua that He will be with him every step of the way and that no one will be able to stand against him, but he must follow after God and trust Him completely.
Personal Thoughts that Stand Out to Me
Joshua had the promises of God that He would lead him, direct his path, go before him to drive out the enemies, all Joshua and the Children of Israel had to do was to be obedient.
Today we are faced with the same promises and similar circumstances, God tells us HE will be with us, that we are never out of His sight or His care, that He loves us and that He will give us direction and will provide for us on the journey we call life and at the end of this physical life, He will bring us home to live with Him in heaven forever.
But like Joshua we must make several decisions, one is are we close enough to God to trust Him, and two are we willing to surrender our will for His Will. Are we willing to look beyond the present circumstances and beyond the current trials and even the very real giants in our life and trust that God, loves us, is powerful enough to overcome the things that are in our life and that we can trust in His love, His mercy, His grace, His directing and His power?
This THANKSGIVING, can you truly be thankful for God and His leading and protecting in your life.
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Additional Bible Verses to Review
3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.