Moses died when he had fulfilled God’s purposes for his life. He did not die of old age. He stepped up into new terrain in obedience to God’s Word. We all have terrain to take. We all have a call to “step it up” for God.
Engage with God’s Word
- Have you experienced a time when you had to step up in a situation. Discuss.
- God said to Joshua, “The time has come for you to lead this people.” What was the circumstance? What was involved? How do you think Joshua felt?
- How do you personally feel when you sense God’s prompt?
- How do you deal with the voices that say, “You are not good enough” or “Who do you think you are?”
- God promises us provision, (Romans 5:17) presence (Hebrews 13:5) and prosperity (3 John 1:2). Discuss.
- How do you define failure? Discuss.
Take time to talk through what key opportunities you have in your life – relationships, family, work, school, community. Where could you “step up”? What gifts, skills and passions do you have that can help you see where the Lord is inviting you to take that step? Pray for each other for the courage and faith to make the most of the opportunities that come your way.
Joshua and the Israelites move on confidently from God’s stunning victory at Jericho. But now there is bitter defeat at the hands of the few inhabitants of Ai. Joshua cries, “Sovereign God, why?! What about your name?” The weakness within is exposed. Father, it’s your kindness that leads us to repentance. Forgive us, lead us from temptation and deliver us.
Engage with God’s Word
- With a disastrous turn for the worse, Joshua prays. Look at Joshua 7:6-9. What are the chief characteristics and concerns of his prayer? Which of these are evident in your prayers?
- Read Joshua 7:11 again. What actions and affections angered God?
- How urgently do you act when God corrects?
- Compare Achan’s confession in Joshua 7:21 with Eve’s downfall in Genesis 3:6. How does this deadly pattern most affect you?
- What does Proverbs 28:13 say about the way God our Father deals with you as His child?
- Read Psalm 32:8-9. God wants loving obedience not religious obligation. How well do you hear Him and respond?
- There is healing and power when confession is engrained in our prayers and in our church culture – see James 5:16. How does your life group foster this culture?
Take some time to share the Lord’s Supper together. Have different people lead through the taking of the bread and the wine. This is an important moment for self-examination, confession and repentance. Embrace the Lord’s offer of complete forgiveness. Rest in the power of His love.