The Thought for the Week this week is by Rosalind Creighton

by Susie Jean Sharkey

No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; Joshua 1 v 5

I inherited one of my dad’s many Bibles when he passed away earlier this year. In it,  I found notes he had made on Joshua 1:5-11 and 3:4-6. I was just about to pray for God’s guidance on an important matter, and Dad’s notes could not have been more apt. Dad seemed to have written the notes to share on a Sunday morning at the start of a new year. I don’t think he would have minded me sharing them with you.

Joshua 1:5-11 says: No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  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.  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.”

So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.’”

In Joshua 3:4, the Children of Israel are told: “you have not passed this way before.” The promises given to Joshua are ones we can take into the start of the year ahead - the unknown. Joshua was called by God but God didn't call him without enabling him. Three times God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous because he was not going in his own strength but in the strength of the Lord: in verses 5 & 6, God promises victory; in verse 7 & 8, He promises to be our guide and in verse 9 He promises He will never leave His people. 

Take these words of the Lord with you into 2019 - where you have not passed before - knowing God’s promises never fail.