Read Deuteronomy 34:9-12
Background: The great leader Moses dies at the end of Deuteronomy. Israel will now be led by Joshua, another great man who had served as Moses’ assistant throughout the Wilderness. It was Joshua - along with Caleb - who told the Israelites in Numbers 13 that God would help them take the land of Canaan and defeat all of God’s enemies there. Now it is up to Joshua, Caleb, and the next generation of Israelites to enter Canaan and battle those enemies. The book of Joshua records many of the battles.
Devotional: In the times of Joshua, there was one day and one battle that was unlike any other. It took place while Joshua and the Israelites were warring against a group of God’s enemies known as the Amorites.
Read Joshua 10:12-14
We do not know exactly how God accomplished this great miracle, but it was obviously a special day for the Israelites. Time after time after time, God worked in special ways to make sure that Israel defeated people who appeared to be stronger than them. Moses promised as much to Joshua.
Read Deuteronomy 31:7-8
Because Joshua and the people of Israel trusted God’s promises and obeyed His word, they were able to enter Canaan and enjoy life in their new home.
DISCUSSION: What are some ways God can help us fight our battles today? Possible answers: We keep God’s word in our hearts and run away from sin when we are tempted. We pray and ask God for His help and direction.
Prayer: In your prayer, ask God to help you fight against sin and to lead you to make choices that allow you to enjoy life as He designed it.