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Lift

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February 17, 2022 7:00 pm

Lift

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February 17, 2022 7:00 pm

During our tour of an aircraft carrier, a jet fighter pilot explained that planes need a 56-kilometer per hour wind to take off on such a short runway. To reach this steady breeze, the captain turns his ship into the wind. “Shouldn’t the wind come from the planes’ back?” I asked. The pilot answered, “No. The jets must fly into the wind. That’s the only way to achieve lift.”

God called Joshua to lead His people into the “winds” that awaited them in the Promised Land. Joshua required two things. Internally, he needed to “be strong and very courageous” (Joshua 1:7); and externally, he needed challenges. This included the daily task of leading thousands of Israelites, facing walled cities (6:1–5), Achan’s theft (7:16–26), demoralizing defeats (7:3–5), and continual battles (ch. 10–11).

The wind that blew in Joshua’s face would lift his life as long as his thrust came from God’s instructions. God said he must “be careful to obey all the law . . . do not turn from it to the right or to the left . . . meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (1:7–8).

Are you resolved to follow God’s ways, no matter what? Then look for challenges. Fly boldly into the wind, and see your spirit soar.

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Hi friends, I'm Mike Whitmer and I'd like to welcome you to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.

I title today's reading, Lift. During our tour of an aircraft carrier, a jet fighter pilot explained that planes need a 56 km per hour wind to take off on such a short runway. To reach this steady breeze, the captain turns his ship into the wind. Shouldn't the wind come from the plane's back? I asked. The pilot answered, no. The jets must fly into the wind.

That's the only way to achieve lift. God called Joshua to lead his people into the winds that awaited them in the promised land. Joshua required two things. Internally, he needed to be strong and very courageous. And externally, he needed challenges.

This included the daily task of leading thousands of Israelites facing walled cities, demoralizing defeats, Achan's theft, and continual battles. The wind that blew in Joshua's face would lift his life as long as his thrust came from God's instructions. God said he must be careful to obey all the law.

Do not turn from it to the right or to the left. Meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Are you resolved to follow God's ways no matter what?

Then look for challenges. Fly boldly into the wind and see your spirit soar. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Joshua chapter 1 verses 1 through 9. After the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua, son of Nun, Moses' aid, Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I'm about to give them to the Israelites. I'll give you every place where you set your foot as I promised Moses.

Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon and from the great river, the Euphrates, all the Hittite country to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you.

I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you. Do not turn from it to the right or to the left that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this book of the law always on your lips. Meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Let's pray. Father, life is hard and it often hurts. May our problems lift us closer to you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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