There are moments in our lives when God calls us to be steady and patient; at others, He calls us to take a major life-changing step. After the death of Moses, God appointed Joshua as the new leader of the Israelites and told him to step in and take hold of the Promised Land. It was a major turning point in Joshua’s journey. Like Joshua, our own faith journeys are full of formative moments. In these moments we have a choice between faith and fear. Even though Joshua could not choose his circumstances, he could choose his responses to them. Joshua’s step of faith not only changed the circumstances for the Israelites, but it changed the circumstances for all generations to come.
1. If you were Joshua, what would you have been feeling after the death of Moses?
2. What kinds of fears do the people around you face day-to-day? What fears do you face?
3. What is significant about the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant and going ahead of the people? (Joshua 3:14)
4. Has there been a time where someone else’s faith encouraged you to step out in faith?
5. Name a time in the past when God has been faithful for you or those you love. How can this memory encourage your faith today?
6. Knowing that your faith can impact the future, how does that change what you are willing to risk?
7. Your ability to act in faith has more do with your heart than your circumstances. What can you do to prepare your heart to act in faith?
8. What are you facing that might require you to respond with faith and go for it without seeing the outcome or knowing the future?
Hebrews 11:1-2 (NIV) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
What river do you need to cross in your life? What is your next step of faith? Where is God leading you? How can your group support you and encourage you in this?