COURAGE: Being brave enough to take the next step, even when you’re afraid.
MAIN POINT: You can take the next step even when others are afraid.
BIBLE STORY: Joshua and Caleb | Numbers 13-14
MEMORY VERSE: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b
This weekend we read in Numbers 13–14 that Moses sent 12 spies to scope out the Promised Land of Canaan. They discovered the land was perfect with one exception: the people who already lived there were strong and powerful. Most of the spies were intimidated and wanted to give up. Only two, Joshua and Caleb, spoke up and said that God would provide a way for them to conquer the land. Joshua and Caleb took the next step and continued to explore the land. Because of this, God rewarded Joshua and Caleb’s faith and courage. They were the only men of their generation to see the land God promised to Abraham.
You can take the next step even when others are afraid. We will face times when the people around us are scared or making unwise choices. When that happens, we should trust God. He can give us the courage we need to do what we should and be an example that points others to Him.