2014-04-21 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Be Bold, Be Strong
From The Upper Room
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Read Joshua 1:1-9

The Lord said to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.”

- Joshua 1:6 (NIV)

I was a very young man when I entered Bible college to prepare for full-time ministry. I felt inadequate for the demanding work that lay ahead. Who was I to imagine that I could be a leader and pastor of God’s people? But throughout my time in college, we spoke a lot about Joshua’s experience. I realized that Joshua probably felt the same as I did when he was faced with the challenge of leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. Maybe that is why Moses repeatedly urged him to be strong and courageous. He was keenly aware that by himself he lacked the resources for the demands of leadership in the years ahead. Joshua knew his limitations.

As we face the challenges of our day, we too may feel inadequate and weak. But God still calls us to serve. It remains true that “God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Cor. 1:27). But it is also still true that whom God calls God also equips. God’s grace is sufficient for every task.

Norman Armistead

(North Yorkshire, England)

Thought for the Day: When God calls us, God equips us.

Prayer: Gracious God, as you call us into your service we ask for courage and compassion, that we may fulfill the tasks you assign to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer Focus: Candidates for full-time Christian service

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