March 16 | It’s Time!

Today’s Reading:

Read Joshua 1:1-11; Joshua 2:2-24

It was finally time!  After years of wandering in the wilderness, the Israelites were finally ready to cross the Jordan and take over the land of Canaan.  God reminded Joshua that he had been chosen to lead.  He also reminded him to be strong and courageous- just like Moses had told him!  Joshua was ready to lead the people and promised to follow God’s commands to take over the land. 

Joshua prepared the people and sent two spies in to help the Israelites know what they would be going into.  They hid in the home of a woman named Rahab. Rahab lived in a city called Jericho. She was not an Israelite, but she had heard about what God had done for the Israelites and she believed in His power.  So, she decided to help the spies and keep them safe.  In return, the Israelite spies promised that when Israel takes over their city, they will keep Rahab and her family safe.  

God provided for the spies and also for Rahab and her family.  The spies returned to Joshua and the Israelites prepare to cross the Jordan River, finally! 


Read Psalm 105As you read, pause each time you read about a part of the Israelite journeyTake turns as a family retelling the story.  Read Psalm 105:45. Why did all of this happen?  Thank God for how faithful He is! 

March Memory Verse:

He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Matthew 4:4

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

March Memory Verse

MArch memory verse song

March memory verse coloring sheet

March Fill-in the blank activity

MArch Prayer calendar