March 2 | Entering the Land and a New Leader

Today’s Reading:

Read Numbers 26:52-56; Numbers 27:12; 15-17; 27:18-23

40 years have passed, and it is time for the Israelites to enter the land.  God outlined how the land was to be divided between the 12 tribes.  Remember, God always has a plan. He knew exactly how the Israelites should enter the land and how the land should be divided. God also used Moses to remind the children of the Wilderness, the Israelites who were not a part of the exodus from Egypt, about the specifics of the covenant God had made with the Israelite people.   

His plan also allowed for mercy for Moses.  While Moses was not allowed to enter the land as a consequence for his disobedience, God made it possible for him to see the land where His people would be able to live.   

God provided a new leader for the Israelites as they moved into Canaan.  Moses presented Joshua to the priests to be set apart as the new leader for the people.  Moses had specifically prayed that God would provide a leader who would lead them like a shepherd leading his sheep.  Joshua was an answer to that prayer and would be the new leader. 


How do you think Moses felt when he was able to see the Promised Land?  Do you think he was grateful or do you think it made him sad?   

Sometimes things don’t always work out the way we want , but just like in Moses’ situation, if we trust God, we can know that He will work all things out for our good and His glory (Philippians 8:28). Thank God today for His plan in your life. 

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