April 22

Joshua 24:1-33; Luke 21:1-28; Psalm 89:38-52; Proverbs 13:20-23

Joshua’s days are numbered and he is giving his parting words to Israel. He calls on them to make a choice whom they will serve. It is important to note that by making a choice to serve God, we are also making a choice to reject idols and false gods.

In our age, we would never knowingly serve an idol. However, if we are not careful, we will allow idols into our lives and they will threaten our obedience to God. As Joshua spoke to Israel, he told them to “destroy the idols among you, and turn your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” (Joshua 24:23)

Are there things, activities, or people who threaten your relationship with God? Are there idols that you should destroy so you do not jeopardize your walk with God? When the Bible talks of God being jealous, it does not mean that He is consumed with jealousy as in a competition. God is saying that He wanted nothing to come between you and Him.

Start today by renouncing any idol and accept the lordship of Jesus in that area.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Judges 1:1-2:9; Luke 21:29-22:13; Psalm 90:1-91:16; Proverbs 13:24-25

April 16

Joshua 13:1-14:15; Luke 18:1-17; Psalm 85:1-13; Proverbs 13:7-8

God has said, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope'” (Jeremiah 29:11). God has plans for you! Good plans for you! God has a strategic plan for your life that will cause you to smile!!

When we try to create our own plan, we fall very short of God’s real plan. He is the only one who has the power to bring to pass His big plan for our lives. As you read the story of Israel and the dividing of the land, it becomes very clear that God had already thought out who would get what and when. He knew who was where and who needed to be moved out of the way so that His people could take possession of their inheritance.

No one was left out. Everyone received their portion to be a perpetual blessing to their family. So you think that God has only done this for Israel? Certainly not! God knows exactly what He has in store for you and your family. He has blessings with your name on them. They are reserved and set aside just for you. All God wants you to do is trust Him enough to execute His plans for your life. In the end, you will see the wisdom of His plan and you will most certainly enjoy the blessings of the plan. You have an inheritance that is waiting for you. Will you claim it today?

Tomorrow’s Reading:  Joshua 15:1-63; Luke 18:18-43; Psalm 86:1-17; Proverbs 13:9-10