Strong and very courageous

By Dave Henning / December 23, 2015

“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.  The Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night . . .”- Joshua 1:7-8

In Chapter 3 (“Take Heed to the Voice You Heed”) of Glory Days, Max Lucado emphasizes that it wasn’t enough for Joshua to possess the Scriptures.  God desired for the Scriptures to possess Joshua.

Likewise, the Bible is our most important tool for spiritual growth- to become strong and very courageous, as Greg Hawkins and Cally Parkinson note in their book Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth.

Pastor Lucado tells a story about a farmer who asked his son to till straight lines in preparing a field.  The son was to select an object on the far side of the field and plow straight at it.  When the farmer checked on the boy’s progress, every line was crooked.  The son said he’d selected an object- but the rabbit kept hopping!

During our desert, land between time, people’s opinions or cultural standards may influence us to chart our course to the right or to the left.  We need an unmoving target, the unchanging principles of God’s Word.  God’s Word must be authoritative!

Today’s question: What “rabbits” have disrupted your focus on God’s Word?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Christ or the crisis?”


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