Deuteronomy 3:28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.
Change frequently results in much fear and uncertainty. As such, change must be met and handled with strength. Young Joshua, upon the passing of Moses, assumed the leadership of the Israelites; thus the Lord repeatedly emphasized Joshua’s great need for strength (Deuteronomy 3:28; Deuteronomy 31:7, 23; Joshua 1:7, 9). Joshua would not be successful without unwavering strength and resolve, and this strength originated not with Joshua but the God he served. Likewise, David, as a dying man, charged his son Solomon by saying, “I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man” (1 Kings 2:2). In times of change, weakness breeds panic and fear that only the strength from God can overcome.
• (For children): When Ezra led the second group of captives back to Jerusalem, he needed strength (Ezra 7:27-28, 9). David needed strength when his city had changed (1 Samuel 30:3-8). Paul needed strength when his life changed (1 Timothy 1:12-13).
• (For everyone): Are you facing extreme or difficult changes in your life? Are you afraid or uncomfortable in the face of these changes? Why is it so important that you face these changes in God’s strength?
• What would have been different in Israel had Joshua or Solomon been weak in the face of the difficult changes? How would their weakness have harmed others?
• Ask God for strength in times of adversity.
• Ask the Lord to help you be a testimony of strength for others.
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