“Be very brave and strong as you carefully obey
all of the instruction that Moses my servant commanded you.
Don’t deviate even a bit from it, either to the right or left.
Then you will have success wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:7)
As you commit your life to Christ, you may find the task before you intimidating. You may be scared. It is daunting to imagine yourself becoming a different person. The battles you will face ahead may appear threatening.
Don’t be afraid. You are not alone. You can follow Jesus. You will be given all you need.
Like the women and men in the Bible, God calls you to pay attention to the Scriptures and the teachings of trusted pastors, teachers, and godly examples. As you move forward, God promises to journey with you. “Be very brave and strong.”
When you feel blindfolded, when you are unsure of the next step, God is there to guide you. Listen for the divine voice. Through prayer, worship, Bible reading, witness, financial generosity, and service, your ability to hear God’s voice will be sharpened. And as you come to greater clarity concerning God’s voice, you are invited to step forward in obedience, doing what Jesus calls you to do.
Gracious God, help me to follow your path,
not deviating either to the right or to the left. Amen.