April 21, 2020

Word of the day: 17 But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—”You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment 18 but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out.” Joshua 17:17-18 NIV

Not with the pandemic, there is panic. But I am talking about in your life. I can use this pandemic, but I can’t do that. Fighting an invisible virus can be difficult, but this is more on a personal note. In verse 16, the people of Joseph were afraid of the Canaanites who have chariots filled with iron. Here is the reality, most people do not realize the power of God when we have to go into a battle we face. Deuteronomy 20:1 says, “When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army higher than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. I remember the story of David and Goliath. God is bigger, Goliath was more prominent, but David was smaller. We can not go into battle with little confidence. Be wise, follow precautions, be knowledgeable, but don’t be stupid. Do not find an excuse to get away from your problems. God is preparing you for your battles. Be thankful for what can do for you.

Father, thank you for today. I pray for all of us as we prepare for battle: the pandemic, or our struggles. I pray we will be wise, knowledgeable, but not stupid. You are more significant than our issues. I pray we can turn to you. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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