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Devotional

April 9, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Joshua 2:8-24

Word had traveled fast about what God had done for the Israelites. Rahab and the rest of the people of Jericho had heard about God drying up the waters of the Jordan River. They had heard of God giving the Israelites victory over the Amorites. And they believed. But while the people of Jericho believed in fear, Rahab believed in faith, which would lead to her deliverance from the coming judgment and inclusion with the people of God.

In these verses, we are reminded of the power of a testimony. Word of what God had done had traveled to Jericho because someone, somewhere, had told others what he or she had witnessed. It may have been one person or it may have been several people, but someone’s testimony ended up in Rahab’s ears and led to her faith in God. Just as most of the people of Jericho heard without faith, many who hear what we tell them about Christ will also refuse to believe. But that should not discourage us. We must continue to tell the gospel to others, trusting that God might send a Rahab our way this very day.

What has God done, or what is He doing right now, that you can tell someone else about today?

April 18, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Joshua 11:1-23

Forty years before the Israelites entered into the promised land, their parents had been given the same opportunity, but their faithlessness resulted in them missing out. As we know, that generation refused to enter into the land and was forced instead to wander in the wilderness until they all died off.

In verse 15, we see how Joshua and the next generation were wise not to repeat the same mistake of faithlessness. At the conclusion of the conquest, we read that Joshua was faithful to obey all God had commanded, which led to the successful conquest of the land. God was not just after a portion of faithful obedience; He was after full, faithful obedience. Each battle and each step in each battle was a step of faith for Joshua and the Israelites. They could not have picked and chosen which steps to take and which not to take. They had to walk fully in faith, and when they did, they were successful. God was not after their obedience in isolation—just as He is not after ours in isolation. Instead, He is after our faith, which is made known through our obedience.

In what areas of your life are you struggling to walk fully in faith? Why? What steps can you take toward more faithfulness?

April 8, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Joshua 2:1-7

The Israelites were at the cusp of the promised land once more. Forty years before, twelve spies, including Joshua, had gone into the land. Ten of those spies had returned declaring that Israel could not conquer the land. Only two, Joshua and Caleb, trusted in God. Now these two men were leading the next generation of Israelites into the land, and their first step was to send spies into the land once again. But that was where the similarities ended. This time it would not be twelve spies but two. And this time the spies’ mission was not to scout the land to help determine the probability of victory but to scout the land, namely Jericho, to help determine a strategy for victory. The victory had been promised by God, and this time the Israelites would enter the land in a posture of trust.

In this passage, we are reminded that actions can be misleading. Both Moses’ generation and Joshua’s generation of Israelites began with the same action—from the outside they looked to be mirroring one another. However, the intent of their actions was very different. At best, the intent of Moses’ spies was to act for faith—to find evidence that would help them develop trust in God. The intent of Joshua’s spies, on the other hand, was to act from faith—to find what God had given them and perhaps how He had given it to them. Similar actions; different motivations. One scouting trip was done honoring God, the other rebelling against Him.

When have your actions seemed right from the outside but performed with the wrong intentions or motivations? What happened?

April 5, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Joshua 4:17-24

We would be wise to understand this passage in light of Deuteronomy 6:4-9. In that passage, known as the Shema, God commanded one generation to teach the law to the next. But here we see that it wasn’t to stop there. Each generation was also to share what God had done for them. This coupling, the words and works of God together, provides a fuller picture of who God is and helps future generations see His beauty and splendor.

While the primary context of these two passages focuses on parents, it is broader than that. All of us are called by God to disciple others, and this is to be our blueprint of discipleship. We are to teach others God’s Word, but we are also to testify to how God has been kind to us. We are to talk about His provision, His protection, and His power. We are to celebrate who He is and what He has done.

What are some of the “stones of remembrance” that you can share with others to point them to who God is and what He has done?

April 4, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Joshua 4:1-16

When you first read Joshua 4:14, you might reflexively read it a second time: God exalted Joshua? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? The Creator doesn’t exalt His creation; creation is to exalt its Creator. The key to understanding this verse is to look ahead to Joshua 4:24. God exalted Joshua, as He had Moses, for a reason—so that He in turn would be exalted even more. What the Israelites would see Joshua do was not intended to stop there; it was to be a conduit pointing people to the One who was truly at work: God.

Do we see ourselves as Joshuas? Do we understand that God has positioned us where He has, and how He has, for a reason—to glorify God? Or are we tempted to steal God’s glory instead, to take how He has gifted and blessed us and hoard it for ourselves? May we hold loosely to our glory and tightly to God’s.

How can you point others to God this week through how He has blessed and gifted you?