Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

His Part; Our Part

Joshua 1:1-9
Arise, go over this Jordan . . . . I will not leave you nor forsake you.(Joshua 1 :2)
Whenever the Lord assigns us a difficult task, He gives us what we need to carry it out. John Wesley wrote, “Among the many difficulties of our early ministry, my brother Charles often said, ‘If the Lord would give me wings, I’d fly.’ I used to answer, ‘If God bids me fly, I will trust Him for the wings.’”
Today’s Scripture tells us that Joshua was thrust into a position of great responsibility. No doubt the enormity of the challenge before him made him tremble with fear. How could he ever follow such a great leader as Moses? In his own strength it would be impossible to lead the people into the Promised Land. But along with the marching orders, the Lord gave him an assuring promise: “I will not leave you nor forsake you” (Josh. 1:5). Then He said, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (v.9). Such reassurances were the backing Joshua needed.
If God has given you some special work to do that frightens you, it’s your responsibility to jump at it. It’s up to the Lord to see you through. As you faithfully do your part, He will do His part.
PRAYER
Dear Lord, give me the strength and inspiration to do your will wherever you sent me.Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord, O’er mountain or plain or sea; I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord, I’ll be what You want me to be.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church