From Handbook to Scripture, Day 66
READING: JOSHUA 24
Many begin well and end poorly, but Joshua finished his race well and remained faithful to the Lord throughout his 110 years. In his message to the leaders of his people, Joshua reminded them of the Lord’s gracious and powerful works on behalf of the children of Israel and in the past until the present day. With this perspective fresh in their minds, Joshua moved into application by exhorting his countrymen to fear the Lord, to serve Him in sincerity and truth, and to put away all forms of idolatry. Joshua warned the people that the Lord is a jealous God who will not endure faithlessness or rebellion, but they vowed to serve the Lord, and Joshua made a covenant with them.
Prayer: Lord, it is clear that the only options before me are service to You or service to idolatry by putting anything in the created order higher in my affections and priorities than You. Help me remember that You are a jealous God who will not let Your children stray away from You without being disciplined.
Meditation passage: verses 14–15
From A Simple Book of Prayers
Being Rich Toward God
I praise You, Lord, that You are intimately acquainted with my ways and that You always love me and have my best interests at heart.
May I not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all my heart. May I not turn aside to go after worthless things which do not profit or deliver. (1 Samuel 12:20–21)
The works of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envyings, drunkenness, revelries, and the like. . . . But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:19–23)
Take a moment to offer this day to the Lord, and ask Him for the grace to grow in your knowledge and love for Him.
I will not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)
I do not want to lay up treasure for myself without being rich toward God. (Luke 12:21)
Lord, all things serve You. You and Your works are wonderful. I thank You that I can find comfort through hope in You. May I not worry about worldly things, but seek to be rich toward You.
From Handbook to Renewal
The Attributes of God
You are the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps His covenant of lovingkindness. (Nehemiah 9:32)
To whom can I liken You or count You equal? To whom can I compare You that You may be alike? (Isaiah 46:5)
The Works of God
An hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and He has given Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. (John 5:25–27)
We will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before Me, and every tongue will confess to God.” So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. (Romans 14:10b–12)
My Relationship to God
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1–2)
I did not receive a spirit of slavery again to fear, but I received the Spirit of adoption by whom I cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with my spirit that I am a child of God. (Romans 8:15–16)
The Character I Want to Cultivate
A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy conceals a matter. (Proverbs 11:13)
These are the things I shall do: speak the truth to others, judge with truth and justice for peace, not plot evil against my neighbor, and not love a false oath; for all these things the Lord hates. (Zechariah 8:16–17)
My Relationship to Others
You have called us to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything You have commanded us. And surely You are with us always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19–20)
As the Father sent the Son into the world, He also has sent us into the world. And He has prayed for those who will believe in Him through our message. (John 17:18, 20)