February 25 When Faced with a Challenge

scripture reading: Joshua 1
key verses: Joshua 1:7–8

Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

The challenges of life come to us by many avenues—the death of a loved one, a new job, financial changes, the birth of a child. With every challenge, God is preparing us for the future.

Joshua faced a life–changing challenge when chosen to lead the nation of Israel into the promised land. Years of training had seen Joshua grow into a finely tuned warrior. But he was accustomed to the feel of a javelin in his hand, not the rod of leadership.

God told Joshua on three separate occasions how to handle the challenge placed before him. His message to Joshua is well summarized in these verses: “Be strong and very courageous.… This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success” (Josh. 1:7–8 nasb).

Was God questioning Joshua’s ability? No. He knew that with every challenge comes the possibility of falling to doubts and fears. Joshua enjoyed success in the midst of the challenge by recalling the words of God, binding them to his heart, and determining to walk in the ways of God. Begin your day with God’s Word. He will lead you through every challenge just as He did Joshua.

Heavenly Father, bring Your words to my remembrance as I face the challenges of this day. Help me to continually meditate upon Your promises.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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