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Obeying The Word
2/22/2018

Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.” Joshua 6:10 (NKJV)

Have you ever had so much going on in your life that you didn’t know whether you were coming or going?  It could have been because of work, or because of the many things you had on your plate at the time, but it just left you feeling a little disoriented and confused as to what you should be doing, or even if you should be doing it. 

When I think about this type of situation it makes me think about when Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan River and into the Promised Land.  The people were on edge and a bit nervous to be sure, because they were about to come against a fortified city by the name of Jericho.  

I think we can glean some very practical applications for our lives as Christian men and women. 

· The first thing we can see in the story is God was in control — As crazy as it seemed to be, He knew the outcome before anything ever started. 

· The second thing we see is that God provided the people with Joshua as a spiritual leader to guide and lead them. 

· The third thing we can see in this story is that God’s leader gave them God’s Word—God had told Joshua exactly what to do and when to do it; now Joshua was to pass on to the people what God had given him. 

· The fourth, and probably most important thing we can see in this story is after Joshua passed on the Lord’s commands he instructed the people to “Be quiet and do as I tell you to.”

I think we have been given the perfect recipe of success in our lives right here. 

We should always remember that God is in control, no matter what we may be facing.  God has given us spiritual leaders in Pastors, and they are to teach and instruct us His Word to guide and lead us in His ways.  We should probably talk a little less and we should try to be better listeners. And last, but not least, we should choose to submit to what God is telling us to do and choose to be obedient.  After all, God has always given His children a promise of great blessings if we would just obey His Word.  

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to be a better listener, and to be obedient in following what you know to be righteous.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we glean from the Scriptures within this devotional with respect to our listening and obeying God’s Word?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to put God’s Word above every personal feeling and be obedient to it?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to meditate upon God’s Word day and night, and to be obedient to what He has asked you to do.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your Word to guide and lead me in all understanding.  Thank You for Your amazing promises of great blessings.  Help me to be obedient to those who You have placed in authority and help me to be a better listener Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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