6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses My servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 10 And Joshua commanded the officers of the people." (Joshua 1:6-10, ESV)
Trust God in your calling!
6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land... Trust God in pursuing your righteous! "7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses My servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
" 8 ...you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it."
" 8 ...For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success"
" 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation." (Psalm 24:3-5)
" in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (Romans 8:37, ESV)
"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:57, ESV)
Trust God in finding your peace!
9Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed,... for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
"This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5, ESV)
Week 2 - Trusting Obedience
As a father, I am simultaneously baffled at my 3 year old daughter’s ability to display unwavering trust in me--as she climbs the tallest obstacle she can find and jumps off crying, “daddy, catch me!”--often before I am aware that she has done so; while at the same time she displays a habitual disobedience, when I tell her not to climb on and subsequently jump off of things. This dual nature is often exhausting and overwhelming, but isn’t this how we behave toward God daily. With one breath we praise Him and trust in His character, yet with another we blaspheme the character that we seem to lovingly embrace. How do we move past these fits of disobedience and toward an unwavering trust in the nature of GOD. Today’s study will look examine this very question.
As a group, turn to Luke 5:1-11 and read the passage aloud.
The First Disciples
5 One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee,[a] great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. 2 He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3 Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon,[b] its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 6 And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7 A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.
8 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.” 9 For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him.10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.
Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.
1. There are two calls to action and two responses in this passage. As a group, identify and discuss them?
2. As a group, discuss the difference between the two types of obedience that we seen in this passage--v5 and v11?
3. As a group, summarize and discuss what Simon Peter is saying in v5.
4. Place yourself in Simon Peter’s position, how would you have reacted to the instruction that Jesus gave him?
5. Do you ever feel like this is where you are in your walk with GOD? Like you don’t believe Him, but you will try it to be respectful?
6 What evidence from the rest of the passage do we see that supports the existence of Simon Peter’s doubt?
7. We are the only part of God’s creation to be blessed with the ability to think rationally, but what does this passage show us about the position of ‘logic’ when it comes to faith and believing the promises of God?
We have seen two different types of obedience from this passage. A doubting, but a polite and cordial submission to a request (v5) and then we see a passionate and holistically trusting obedience to direction from God (v10-11). When God calls you to do something--STOP reminding Him of your failures--He already knows them but has chosen to call you in spite of them! When God calls you--STOP trying to explain it away with logic and reason, focus on being a trusting and obedient servant!