Today's reading: Joshua 5:13-15
As Joshua is preparing to take possession of the city of Jericho, he encounters a man who identifies himself as the commander of the Lord's army. This man gives Joshua the same command God gave Moses at the burning bush (see Exodus 3)--to take off his sandals because the ground on which he is standing is holy. I can only imagine the confirmation and encouragement these words provided, letting Joshua know that he was God's chosen leader and that God was with the Israelites and would guide and protect them as they pressed into the promised land and took action against Jericho.
This passage prompted me to think about how God has provided confirmation and encouragement to me many times in the past through people or an event or circumstance or through a particular Bible passage that He directs me to. And it also got me thinking about the importance of receiving encouragement from other believers and how, in turn, I should be looking to encourage others.
How has God provided confirmation to you in the past? In what ways does receiving encouragement from a fellow believer impact your serving and living for God? Tami
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