The theme for this year's Younite was "I Believe" and based on Deuteronomy 31:8. We used the song "I Believe" by Jason Castro as the backdrop. We all face doubts and fears in life. It does not take me long each day from the moment I wake up to begin listening to the fears in my head. In Deuteronomy 31:8 we see where Moses, who is at the end of his life, is commissioning Joshua to take over as leader of the Israelites. We see him command Joshua with boldness the not be afraid. Moses knows that God is always there and always guiding us if we follow Him. So how did Moses get to this point in life? Over the four days of Younite we looked at the life of Moses and some of the moments that led him to boldly and confidently say that Joshua, and us, should not fear.
Day 1- Faith: Belief During Uncertain Times
We all face those moments where things don't look like we would have planned and the fear of uncertainty can overwhelm us. On this day we looked at the things that Moses dealt w/ as leader of the Israelites as they complained over and over.
Day 2- Confidence: Belief In Yourself
Sometimes one of our biggest struggles can be confidence in ourself to accomplish what God called us to do. In this lesson we focused on Moses' encounter with God at the burning bush and his excuses.
Day 3- Assurance: Belief in God's Love
This day focused on God's love, especially when we sin and feel disqualified to receive his life. 40 years of Moses' life took place in the wilderness after he murdered the Egyptian and fled. It was possible that during this time he felt unqualified by his sin. It would not have been until he moved past it that he was in a position to be used by God. We too must move past our sin and understand that God's love for us is not based on our merit.
Day 4- Reverence: Belief In God
After focusing on eliminating fear, we ended with this lesson focusing on the one legitimate fear- the fear of God. We looked Moses' encounters w/ God: the burning bush, and when he asks for God to show him His glory.