|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “… I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.” Joshua 14:8 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Be a person of wholehearted action”
Caleb lived during the days of Moses. He was one of the twelve men sent out by Moses to conduct a reconnaissance mission of the Promised Land and he was one of only two (along with Joshua) to bring back a good report. Caleb is also one of my heroes from the Old Testament.
His words in Joshua 14:8 (above) provide revealing insight into his character. He was a man who wholeheartedly sought and followed God, and that was the key to his long and successful life. “The Every Man’s Study Bible” cites Caleb as a prime example of Biblical manhood and labels him “A man of wholehearted action.” Caleb had a single-minded, wholehearted, full-steam-ahead approach to living life with God, and he did so with purpose and passion.
For the next few days, we will continue our discussion from yesterday about taking responsibility for our own lives and doing so with purpose, courage, and confidence. We approach life with a Biblical worldview as we honor God and bless others. It’s up to us to establish that mindset and to create that structure in our lives. Nobody is going to do it for us. It’s our personal responsibility. We have to want such a life and we have to be intentional about creating the conditions for it.
Caleb succeeded in life while an entire generation of his peers failed, precisely because he was a man of action and he was committed to honoring God with his life. He did it with boldness and courage, and always within the boundaries of God’s commandments.
If you’re not clear on how to live in such a manner, I encourage you to go back and review yesterday’s devotional where we considered the lessons of Jeremiah 29:11-14 and Proverbs 3:5-6: Get your heart right; seek God; resolve to learn and abide by His standards; then go forward in life with boldness, courage, and passion, confident that God will lead you and guide you.
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