The Upper Room Daily Devotional 12th March 2023 – 3rd Sunday in Lent


The Upper Room Daily Devotional 12th March 2023

The Upper Room Daily Devotional 12th March 2023, Sunday Message. As you study today’s devotional, remember this; “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)

3rd Sunday in Lent
Carol Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada)

Joshua 3:7-17

KEY 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 1:9 (NIV)

The Upper Room Daily Devotional 12th March 2023 MESSAGE

I stood staring at the far side of the 604-foot-long swinging pedestrian bridge that spanned a wide river far below. My fear of heights kept me rooted in place, unable to enjoy an adventure. My daughter promised not to make the bridge swing too much and encouraged me to face my fears by taking a few steps out onto the bridge. I hesitated a few minutes longer. The bridge appeared sturdy with thick, metal handrails. I watched someone stride across without pause or concern. The bridge swayed less than I expected.

One step at a time I began to move toward the other side. I paused in the middle to survey the wonderful view only visible from this new perspective. Then I completed my journey to the other side — one step at a time.

In Joshua 3, God commanded the Israelites to cross the Jordan River so they could enter the Promised Land. God instructed the priests to step into the river. They obeyed God’s command to stand still in the raging flood waters before God miraculously stopped the river’s flow and the people crossed on dry ground. We face many frightening moments, most of them beyond our control. Placing our trust in God helps us to conquer those fears and move forward.

Dear God, give us courage to face our fears and to trust that with your help, we can move forward — one step at a time. Amen.

What fears do I need God to help me conquer today?

For courage to face my fears

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