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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Not Just Hearers

Joshua 1: 1-6

“1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 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. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”

Moses had died.   The Israelites had wandered in the wilderness for forty years.  God had shaped and molded them into a people who were prepared to enter the promised land.  All that was needed was the courage to act.  

God has been at work in our lives, shaping us and molding us into the people we are today.  Through this process His love and mercy have been revealed to us.  He has prepared us to be members of the Kingdom of God.  God calls us to be not just hearers of the word but doers.

Do we have the courage to act?

May the love of Christ be with you,

Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)

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