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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, August 6, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
The people had to decide whether they would obey the Lord, who had proven his trustworthiness, or obey the local gods, which were only man-made idols. It’s easy to slip into a quiet rebellion—going about life in your own way. But the same comes when you have to choose who or what will control you. The choice is yours. Will it be God, your own limited personality, or another imperfect substitute? Once you have chosen to be controlled by god’s Spirit, reaffirm you choice every day.
In taking a definite stand for the Lord, Joshua again displayed his spiritual leadership. Regardless of what others decided, because Joshua had made a commitment to God, he was determined to set an example of living by that decision. The way we live shows others the strength of our commitment to serving God.
All the people boldly claimed that they would never forsake the Lord. But they did not keep that promise. Very soon God would charge them with breaking their contract with him. Talk is cheap. It is easy to say we will follow God, but it is much more important to live like it. Yet the nation followed God through Joshua’s lifetime, a great tribute to Joshua’s faith in God and powerful leadership. (NLT)
Joshua 24:14-17 – “So honor the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. But if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
The people replied, “We would never forsake the Lord and worship other gods. For the Lord our God is the one who rescued us and our ancestors from slavery in the land of Egypt. He performed mighty miracles before our very eyes. As we traveled through the wilderness among our enemies, he preserved us.”
Cast all your anxiety on [God], because he cares for you. –1 Peter 5:7 (NRSV)
Vladimir Angelov’s (Ruse, Bulgaria) story is titled “THE OLD WATCH;” here is Vladimir’s story:
“As a minister, I recently received an appointment to a new congregation. I was packing and waiting for the big change in my life when I saw my grandmother’s old watch, which she had received from her father. It was more than 60 years old and still working.
“The evening before leaving my hoe for the last time, I thought about my life and recalled the life of my grandmother. The old watch had counted out her hours in this world and the hours of her father’s life, and I know it was counting out the hours of my life as well, a life I enjoy as a gift from God. And I thought, What will my service be like? What example will I leave behind? I remembered the words of Psalm 90:12: ‘So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.’
“We do not have much time in this world; we do not know when the hands of our life’s watch will stop. But what we do know is that our loving God has given us life and the ability to choose how we will live it. May our lives be full of faith, hope, and love for all that God has created!”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How am I showing gratitude for the life God has given me?
Prayer: Dear god, lead us on your way and give us wise hearts so we can remain faithful to you, our loving Creator. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE FACING AN IMPORTANT CHANGE
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