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Devotional

April 3, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Joshua 3:1-17

God was about to do a mighty work before His people. They were about to see the swollen banks of the Jordan River become dry. They were about to cross through a dry riverbed as their parents had done forty years before as they passed through the Red Sea to escape Pharaoh’s army. But they had to do something first. They had to consecrate themselves. Why? Because if their minds and hearts were not ready, not open to consider the glory of God, they would miss it, even if it was right in front of their faces. Doubt it? Go back and look at what happened to their parents in the Book of Exodus. Time after time, they had seen God’s mighty hand work only to miss it because they were not in the right heart posture to receive it.

And the same can be true of us. We too need to consecrate ourselves day by day, moment by moment. God is at work all around us everyday, but will we see it?

What are some ways you can consecrate yourself each day to see what God is doing and follow Him?

April 2, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Joshua 1:10-18

We love rest, although most of us don’t get nearly enough of it. Instead, we tend to wear ourselves out, always going and always adding to our bloated schedules. Yet the hope of rest—the potential of a weekend of rest or retirement at some point—continues to lure us. Maybe one day we will finally find the rest we want and need.

As the children of Israel prepared to enter the land, don’t miss God’s promise of the rest they would find there (v. 13). Think about it: This was a people who had never had rest. Those who were children forty years before had left slavery in Egypt, where there had been no rest. Then for the next forty years, they and all who were born were always on the move. Now, at the border of the promised land, they were about to go to war. But God was not just going to give them the land, He was going to give them rest.

We know from the Book of Hebrews that the rest in the promised land was a shadow of the greater rest we find in our salvation in Christ. In Christ, we are able, for the first time ever, to cast aside our labor—our numerous attempts to be right with God—and instead rest in Christ as recipients of God’s forgiveness and righteousness in Him. This is the rest our souls need. This is the rest the gospel gives.

What are some ways you need to stop working and rest in Christ?

April 1, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Joshua 1:1-9

Moses had led the children of Israel for four decades. He was one constant for a people who had wandered in the wilderness as an entire generation died off, one thing they could depend on. But then he too was gone. The Book of Joshua opens by stating his death in a rather matter-of-fact manner: Moses was dead and now God spoke to Joshua. But we cannot underestimate the impact his loss surely had on a people who stood at the border of the promised land, preparing to go to war. The people were vulnerable, and this could have been a crushing blow for them, a demoralizing loss.

But God, of course, understood. He knew Joshua would need encouragement, and He knew the people would need it as well. But He also knew the people needed something else more—they needed Him. Good leaders are a gift from God. Great leaders are a blessing. But no leader, no matter how good he or she might be, is a substitute for God Himself. Moses was not who the Israelites needed. Neither was Joshua. Nor would it be any of the judges, Samuel, Saul, David, Solomon, any other king, or any other prophet. The leader the people needed was God, who would one day come in the form of a man—Christ Jesus, the One whom God provided to lead us out of bondage to sin and into the rest of salvation in Him.

Have you ever lost a significant leader? What was the effect of that loss on you and others?

March 29, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Even though it’s not difficult for us to imagine a bitter and angry Moses being denied access to the promised land because of his disobedience, there was also so much grace and mercy in his just being allowed to catch a glimpse of the promise come to fruition. This brief glance confirmed God’s faithfulness and gave credence to all Moses had done leading God’s people.

Why does God allow some of His people only a glimpse of future blessing and not the full experience? One answer is the glimpses allow us to carry a spiritual legacy forward that is intended to outlast ourselves. As Christians, we get to play a part in God’s story of redemption, something far beyond ourselves. We can find more than enough joy in the glimpses God gives us of His plans because they point us to the very face and heart of God. But these glimpses also allow us to stand in a historical line of faith with those before us and those who will come after—all waiting for His promises that are to come.

In what ways do you anticipate God allowing you to play a role in His plans without seeing the final outcome?

March 28, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Deuteronomy 33:1-29

As with all character development in the Bible, we know that the Bible isn’t trying to portray Moses as blameless or perfect by any means, much like it didn’t try to mask the mistakes and failures of Abraham. Yet despite his shortcomings, Moses certainly had both character and leadership qualities worth emulating, such as his shepherd’s heart in wanting to bless his people one last time as he uttered the words in this chapter.

Of course, while wanting to be a blessing to people is good and noble, what you believe will bless them the most is even more important. Here Moses gave us an example of blessing others by wanting them to be happy in God, and the way he went about that was by reminding them of God initiating a relationship with them. He said, “Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph! Your enemies shall come fawning to you, and you shall tread upon their backs” (v. 29). Moses decided to exit this life by reminding his fellow Israelites that God is good and that it was in Him, not their own strength or cleverness, that they were protected from their enemies. May we likewise serve those around us.

In what ways are you seeking to be a blessing to others around you? How are you striving to do this?