God knew Joshua was going to do great things, but God also wanted Joshua to learn and grow before doing them. Joshua did what Moses told him to do, like when he fought a great battle and also snuck into the land God promised the people. He followed Moses and watched how he led the people and how he talked to God.
Joshua was a great student and learner before he was a great leader. Moses was in charge and Joshua was his assistant. Joshua knew that by following Moses he would learn how to be a great leader. This is a lot like our lives. right now, we are students and our job is to learn. Being a student is a journey and prepares us for God’s ultimate plan for our lives. We need to do our best to study well along our journey. Be willing to learn, not only from our successes, but from our mistakes (just as Joshua did.) School is one place to learn, but it is not the only place. We can learn at church, we can learn from our parents, we can learn from people we know who love God. Think of the people in your life. Are there people you can learn from?
It does not matter to God whether a person gives $1 or $100. What God cares about is the reason why you are giving. He does not want you to give because you feel like you have to. He does not want you to give because you want everyone around you to see how much you are giving. God wants you to give because you want to give. He wants you to give from a generous heart. That is the kind of giving that really counts. Today, the key we will unlock is how we can be inspired to give from a generous heart. Source: Mark 12:41-44
Jonathan helped his friend David not just because David was his friend, but because it was the right thing to do. Sometimes our friends need our help to make wise choices. Sometimes it will be like it was with David and Jonathan, and you have to stand up for your friends. Sometimes you will have to help your friends by telling them they are making bad choices and they need to stop and think. It is not easy to help a friend when things get tough, but it is worth it! Jonathan chose to be a great friend. Do you have people in your life who will help you no matter what? Are you a person who is ready to do that for others? Ask God to bring friends into your life who can help you out and help you learn more about God. (Acts 9; Phillipians 3)
Paul thought he could please God by doing the right thing. He spent his life trying to be the very best, the most righteous. By the world’s standards, he was a pretty great guy. But Paul said even though he had more to brag about than anyone else, he now knew those things are worthless. Our righteousness, goodness, is not because of us. When Jesus died on the cross, He took all our sins on Him and traded them for His innocence. We are clean and good not because of the good choices we make, but because Jesus put His goodness on us.
When Jesus spoke to Saul, Saul was changed forever. His name as changed to Paul to show this. Paul now knew that it doesn’t matter what we do, because we can never be good enough. All that matters is believing in Jesus. When we believe in Him, He takes away our sin and gives us His innocence and righteousness. All we have to do is come to Him and ask.
Solomon knew he would have to really focus on his role as king. When God asked Solomon what he wanted, Solomon knew what was really important. He did not need riches to be a great king; he needed to be able to make good decisions for his people. He asked God to fill his mind with the things that would help him make the right choices. Later in life, Solomon would forget this. He got so obsesses with all his riches and the comforts he earned that he turned away from God. Because he chose to fill his mind with the wrong things when he got older, he lost sight of what was really important.
Daniel wanted to be set a part for God. He wanted to be able to honor God and did that in the foods he ate. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Daniel knew that even the food he ate could bring glory to God and it did! He and his friends were healthier than everyone else even though the others had more to eat.
Boy Samuel hears the voice of God and God’s calling on his life. Samuel was a gift from God
and a gift to God to serve in the temple, where people worshiped God. The story of Samuel
convinces us that God wants to have a healthy relationship with us where he wants to talk to us
in His Bible and listen to us when we pray, talk to God. 1 Samuel 3