Devotionals

March 1, 2017

Memorials

Read Joshua 22:1 through 24:33

Etched on the wall above the Lincoln Memorial are the following words: “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” The Lincoln Memorial and numerous other statues, monuments, and symbols across the country mark America’s heritage. These serve as reminders of what was given to secure the freedoms enjoyed today.

“That is why we said, ‘Let us get ready and build an altar—but not for burnt offerings or sacrifices.’ … Then in the future your descendants will not be able to say to ours, ‘You have no share in the Lord’” (Joshua 22:26–27).

Because of the location of their inherited land, the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh were afraid their offspring would forget they were part of God’s people, or that their relatives across the river would forget. An altar was established to remind them. Our heritage in Christ can also be displayed as memorials of the past that point to the promises of the future.

Thought for Today: What spiritual markers are we leaving for the generations to come?

Quicklook: Joshua 22:21–28


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February 28, 2017

Fulfilled

Read Joshua 18:1 through 21:45

Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled (Joshua 21:45).

From the time God first met with Moses until the people of Israel settled in the Promised Land, God kept every promise He made to that generation. He led them out of the bondage of Egypt, provided for them in the desert, and directed them to a land in which they could dwell.

At times the people grumbled and doubted God’s integrity, but they were proven wrong. He did not leave anything undone that He said He would do.

Just as Israel had to trek across the desert, the follower of Christ today occasionally must traverse seemingly dry and isolated places. During these times, it is necessary to stand on God’s Word. He is still fulfilling His Word today.

God declared to Israel His plans and intentions so they could understand His goodness of heart toward them. Many today doubt God, and some choose to slander Him, but they will be proven wrong.

One day Christ will return. It will be revealed that every good promise of God has been kept. His words do not fail.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, fulfill Your will in my life.

Quicklook: Joshua 21:43–45


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February 27, 2017

Remain

Read Joshua 13:1 through 17:18

The stress of college was too much. Jerry’s battle with time management and his short attention span worked against him. Jerry told his advisor he was withdrawing from school.

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Surprising himself, Jerry began confessing doubts and fears he had never talked about before. Jerry and Dr. Adkins talked through his feelings. Jerry finally realized his time there wasn’t over.

“I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then” (Joshua 14:11).

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When people give up too soon, when short-term commitment is the norm, and when endurance is a lost art, God still brings the power of endurance to His people.

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Just as He did for Joshua and for Jerry, God is giving His people the strength to remain.

Prayer Suggestion: Heavenly Father, please enable me to remain strong.

Quicklook: Joshua 14:6–15


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February 26, 2017

Ask God First

Read Joshua 9:1 through 12:24

Has deception ever led you to do something you later regretted? Sometimes, a situation appears simple and innocent when it really isn’t. Only in the aftermath is the error realized. Of course, who could be faulted in such a situation? Don’t be fooled. Using self-deception to soothe a guilty conscience will not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Confessing sin and seeking God after a poor choice will not necessarily eliminate the ramifications of a bad decision, but the experience might teach that seeking God first is always prudent.

The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord (Joshua 9:14).

Israel’s failure to seek God first cost the nation for decades. The believer need not experience such a disaster in life. Through regular communion with God and an understanding of His Word, the believer has opportunities to receive direction and, if necessary, correction. Relying on the wisdom of the Almighty is the best defense in an unscrupulous world.

Challenge for Today: When faced with an important decision, seek God’s counsel.

Quicklook: Joshua 9:9–17


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February 25, 2017

Community

Read Joshua 6:1 through 8:35

“Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions” (Joshua 7:11).

God set Israel free and led them through the desert toward the Promised Land. Once there, the people could labor for their own needs and support their families. This was because God had entered into a contract with them. The only stipulation: they were to obey His commands. Some chose to defy God. Even though their actions were done in secret, God withheld His protection from the entire community until the situation was dealt with. The sins one committed had repercussions for many.

Like Israel of old, the Church has many members but one Body. Things done in the privacy of home have ripple effects upon the body of Christ. When God is honored in the home, the Church benefits. When He is dishonored, the Church suffers. Obeying God is the best way to love those with whom we fellowship.

Thought for Today: Good or bad, my actions will affect my church family.

Quicklook: Joshua 7:8–13


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February 24, 2017

Fearless Flying

Read Joshua 1:1 through 5:15

“Uncle Ron.” Young Ian came bounding into the house. “How did you land your plane in this weather?”

“Since I couldn’t see the nose of the plane when I landed, I relied on the navigational system. It’s brought me down safely through weather worse than this.”

“Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before” (Joshua 3:4).

Pilots understand the importance of good navigational instruments. In visually limiting conditions, the life of every person on the plane depends on the reliability of those devices. Pilots have good reason to trust in their equipment. Experience. The same is true with God. With confidence, Joshua and the people followed God into a land they had never seen before.

Many talk about “blind faith,” but faith for a follower of Jesus is not blind, even though a situation might temporarily be blinding. True faith is based on a relationship with God that relies on His proven character. This kind of faith can carry us to any destination He desires.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to have faith in Your proven character.

Quicklook: Joshua 3:1–6


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February 23, 2017

Alone with God

Read Psalm 91:1–16

How can anyone escape fear when everything fearful streams into daily life through televisions, computers, and cell phones? Is there a voice that can quiet fear and calm the heart? Yes, but to hear His voice, other voices must be silenced.

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:14–15).

Noise disquiets the soul. It masquerades as life and leaves in its wake fear. The psalmist discovered the secret of sheltering in God’s shadow. His peace was with God. To draw near to God, he stepped away from the noise of the world. God promised that the writer’s love and trust in Him would not be disappointed. “Call on Me and I will answer,” says the Lord. “I will be with you in your time of need.” Words like these quiet the chaos of the soul and give courage to conquer every fear.

Challenge for Today: Take time to shut out the world and be alone with God.

Quicklook: Psalm 91:9–16


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February 22, 2017

Trustworthy Words

Read Deuteronomy 31:1 through 34:12

“What is your name?” Joe asked through the shattered car window.

“Sherry . . . My name is Sherry. I’m scared.”

“Don’t be scared. I’ll stay with you. Trust me. You will be okay.” Joe’s words comforted her.

“They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess” (Deuteronomy 32:47).

Joe’s words calmed Sherry because of the truth they conveyed. As an emergency responder, he had the tools and experience to provide the help she needed.

Israel counted on the words of the Lord. Moses reminded them of all that God had said. God’s promises and warnings were not idle. If the people honored God, He would not leave them. His words were words of life.

Believers can live in the blessing of God’s presence. He does not change and neither do His promises. We are to cling to good and turn from evil. If we will abide in Jesus, His Holy Spirit will never leave us or forsake us.

Prayer Suggestion: Father, please help me to study and heed Your Word.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 32:39–47


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February 21, 2017

The Big “If”

Read Deuteronomy 27:1 through 30:20

The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom (Deuteronomy 28:13).

“If” is a small word that carried huge implications for the children of Israel. If they were careful to keep the Lord’s commands, God would look after all of their concerns. If they did not keep them, then the outlook was not so bright. God would remove His presence and the protection that accompanied Him. In His absence, destruction would surely follow.

Obedience and God’s presence go hand in hand. People walk in the grace of God and neglect to realize that to please Him, He must be obeyed. Some of God’s promises have that little, easy-to-miss word—“if.” The grace of God enables us to begin to live as the Father would desire. When that is done, God opens doors that otherwise are closed to us. He comes near. In God’s Word, even the little words carry big meaning.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me obey even in things that seem small.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 28:7–14


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February 20, 2017

Remember

Read Deuteronomy 19:1 through 26:19

Deuteronomy 24:22 isn’t the Bible verse many people post on social media. It isn’t often the memorized “verse for the day” highlighted on the refrigerator.

But for Israel, it served as a reminder. God wanted His work with the Israelites to remain highlighted and in bold. He wanted His work to be remembered.

There were reasons for His commands. God had brought the nation out of a season of painful slavery. To reinforce that historical miracle, God hoped His people would treat others the way He had treated them.

God instructed the Israelites to give, not just to Him in a comfortable, planned, expected offerings, but to leave gleanings in the vineyard for the strangers, the fatherless, and the widows:

“Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this” (Deuteronomy 24:22).

God planned for His people to share. Giving to others is an act of remembering all that God has given.

Challenge for Today: Remember what God has guided you through. Allow it to inspire you to serve others.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 24:17–22


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February 19, 2017

Reverence

Read Deuteronomy 12:1 through 18:22

What does a person do in a society that lacks respect for the law and the rights of others? In years gone by, most people seemed to have a general respect for authority and their neighbors. “God, family, and country” was the order of the day. But what happens when long-standing social norms are tossed aside?

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 13:4).

For believers, two truths remain the same throughout time: God’s Word is unchanging, and respect of His authority is required. It is God who allows people to hold places of authority. Parents, teachers, law enforcement, and government officials are in positions of power and influence because God has ordained these roles. Honor is to be given to whomever honor is due and respect is to be given to whomever respect is due. Putting God first properly aligns everything else.

Thought for Today: Following God means honoring His ways.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 13:1–4


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February 18, 2017

He Listens

Read Deuteronomy 9:1 through 11:32

“Mom, it won’t do any good to talk to her. Besides, she’s right. I don’t deserve to be on the team anymore.” Emily lowered her head onto the table.

“I have to agree with Mrs. Houston. Your missing practices and poor performance have disappointed her and let the team down. But let me talk with her. If you will commit to change, maybe she will give you another chance. Everyone needs grace on occasion.”

I feared the anger and wrath of the Lord, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you. But again the Lord listened to me (Deuteronomy 9:19).

Under the right circumstance, a person might change a course of action. Moses went before God to represent the people of Israel. God did listen to Moses and spared them.

Sometimes individual Christians come before God seeking personal forgiveness. At other times, they come before God and plead the cause of another.

In both situations, we can trust that God hears our prayers.

Prayer Suggestion: God, please help me to see Your grace at work in my life and help me show grace to others.

Quicklook: Deuteronomy 10:12–19


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