Sunday, February 8, 2015

February 8 - Joshua 12

Today's reading in our daily plan is Joshua 12. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • This chapter lists the 31 kings that Joshua and his forces successfully defeated.
  • Verses 1-6 also mention battles the Israelites won when they were under the leadership of Joshua's predecessor, Moses. Moses provided a great foundation on which Joshua was able to build.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Like Moses, we are all laying a foundation that others -- "Joshuas" -- will build on.
  • This chapter lists victories God helped Joshua wins. Likewise, it's good for us to keep a list of the ways God has helped us. In the heat of battle, when we're facing a discouraging situation, we can find encouragement by looking back on what God has done in the past.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • If you're a parent, your kids are your Joshuas. How can you raise them to love God, love people, and turn the world upside-down? Could you find small ways to become more intentional about this, maybe by reading the Bible with them for a few minutes every day, or taking them to church more often, or initiating more conversations about God? Start making those changes this week.
  • If you're someone who has given your life to God, take time today to write down 4 or 5 ways he has helped you. Add to this throughout the week to develop your own list of victories you can look back on when you're discouraged.