Week 1: Finding your story in the story.
Each week there will be a key reading, and a full reading. You might only have time for the key reading, and that's okay. In fact, that's why there is a key reading: so you don't get overwhelmed. Just read what you can. You might start with the key reading and come back to the full reading later. Just do whatever works best for you. This is about your spiritual growth... it's not a task to complete.
Joshua 4:1-7, 24
"When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, "Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, and command them, saying, 'Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests' feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.'" Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. And Joshua said to them, "Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, 'What do those stones mean to you?' then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever." ... "He did this so that all the nations of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you may always fear the Lord your God.”
Use these questions to lead a discussion with your spouse, your family, a friend, or even just with yourself.
On Sunday, Pastor Mike said, "Humans are story-shaped creatures." What parts of your story have shaped you? How do you see God in those parts of your story?
In this week's reading, we see God's heart for His people is that future generations would know about His faithfulness. When you read about God's faithfulness to His people long ago, does that encourage you to trust Him today? What specific thing or situation are you entrusting to God?
Spend a moment in prayer, asking God to help you make sense of your story in light of His story. If you'd like, you can pray this prayer:
Dear God, thank you for giving me your Word to read. Help me to learn from it. You say that knowing Your story helps me understand my own story. Let your Spirit work in me to do exactly that: to learn about my story from Your story. Lead me closer to you as I study your Word. Amen.