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Inspirational Thought of the Day:

Faith in God is able to conquer every fear we face.

Scriptures:

Joshua 13:44

33 But to the tribe of Levi, Moses had given no inheritance; the LORD, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as he promised them.

Joshua 14:7-8

7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions,
8 but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.

Speaking with one of my children tonight who was stressed with the growing demands of adulthood, I did not sugar coat the facts – life is hard.  The growing demands of becoming independent in this crazy world are often harsh.  My kids know I have always endeavored to tell them the truth – even when it hurts.

The fantasy fairy tale world might alleviate some minds for a few moments, but when reality crashes in, we are left dazed and disillusioned, which in my opinion, is far worse than facing what is coming with the grace of God.

He did not leave us alone, and is our inheritance for times of joy and sorrow.  He is our portion.  When life becomes more than we think we can bear, it is in those moments that the truth of God’s promises strengthen those Who would call on His Holy Name.

I love the honesty of Joshua, mentioning his age and the fact that everyone around him was terrified.  His age could have been a factor for some to feel disqualified and what they saw could have been enough to make a grown man cry, yet He firmly had his heart steadfastly focused on following God.

No matter how harsh the truth of our situation gets, God’s truth and grace are greater still.

We might not be called to conquer a city, but we might be given some bad news or face a burden so great it makes us shudder.  But the One Who called us will equip us and the battle belongs to Him alone.

Lord, thank You for Your truth, which is a far greater comfort than any escape this world offers.  Help us to cry out to You, for You long to be our refuge.  Your grace is enough, sweet Jesus, for anything we face.  Amen.

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