Over a lifetime, we all make a multitude of decisions, and there’s typically a predominant factor governing each choice and action. In certain circumstances, we might be guided by reason or feelings; at other times, our main consideration could be desire, duty, or profit. For Christians, however, the primary basis of all decisions should be obedience to God.
But have you ever experienced situations when obeying the Lord conflicted with what you desired or considered reasonable? That’s probably how Joshua felt when God gave him what must have seemed like the strangest military strategy ever conceived: March around Jericho for six days; on the seventh day, circle it seven times; then blow the trumpet and shout, and the walls will fall down (Josh. 6:3-5). If you were the one to receive those orders, what would it take to obey?
We can learn from the way Joshua responded to God’s instructions. He’d seen the Lord keep His promises and knew nothing was outside His sovereign control. So a foundation of unwavering faith enabled Joshua to courageously submit and follow those instructions to the letter (Josh. 1:7; Josh. 24:15). That’s how you and I should follow God, too. Reminding ourselves of His faithfulness in the past will give us the courage we need to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
This month’s devotions are written to help you walk obediently. I pray you’ll find encouragement to confidently trust and follow the Lord.
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