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The Lord urges you to join Him in His kingdom plan. Learn how to invite Him into situations, knowing He goes before you.

Read Matthew 28:16–20

‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ (vv19–20)

When we face life’s challenges, knowing that the Lord is with us is a supreme comfort. This can be more so as we face new chapters of uncertainty, perhaps a new job, moving home, a new calling or ministry. 

As we consider the Scriptures, we see the Lord encouraging His people to step into His purposes – to take their place in His kingdom plan – yet also promising His continued presence. 

At the beginning of Joshua chapter 1, Moses has just died, and the Lord commissions Joshua to take on the leadership mantle, yet twice within the first chapter, the Lord assures Joshua that, ‘I will be with you’ (vv5,9). 

As those who have received the Lord’s Great Commission today, we too are called to ‘step out’, to take our place in God’s kingdom plan to ‘make disciples… teaching them to obey everything that [the Lord has commanded]’ (vv19–20). 

Yet, like Joshua, we also have the Lord’s promised presence (v20).

Whatever the specific challenges of the task ahead, we can be encouraged knowing that the God of Joshua abides with us too, as we embark on His mission within the context He has placed us.

A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, thank You that You go before us. Help us to trust You as we face new challenges and situations. Amen.’
AN ACTION TO TAKE: Bring your day-to-day challenges before the Lord – invite Him into those situations, confident that He goes before you in each situation.
SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Exod. 3:1–12; Josh. 1:1–18; Num. 6:22–27; John 14:15–21
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Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.