READ: Joshua 2:1-24
- The spies returned to Joshua full of confidence. They had experienced God’s faithfulness and protection through the unusual help of a local prostitute. They had heard the reports of the fear that God’s reputation had generated. They came back to Joshua with the strongly held belief that God was at work and all was well. They were convinced that God had given them the land even as they had been promised through Abraham.
- As we approach an unknown future, confidence happens by looking at a known past. God had moved His people. God had provided strong and courageous leaders. God had faithfully cared for those He called His own. And since all that was true in the past, it would surely be true going into the future. What the spies perceived from their journey behind enemy lines should be clear to us on this side of God’s powerful message through the cross and resurrection of Jesus.
- We proceed with confidence, not because of what we believe about ourselves, what our circumstances seem to indicate, or what the enemy seems to lack. We proceed confidently because of who God is and what He is capable of. We move at His dispatch because we know we can count on Him. We obey, even when things seem questionable or ambiguous, because we’ve trusted Him before and we can and will trust Him again.
- Recount situations where you’ve seen the faithfulness of God.
- Make a list of answered prayers, as detailed as possible.
- Confront any fears you might have by laying the future down next to the past and seeing God’s faithfulness extended into the future.
Thank God for His ongoing faithfulness. Pray that you can develop/cultivate a growing sense of confidence in Him. Ask God to empower us, as a congregation, to trust Him with our future.