Go get it

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “How to inhabit time”
Our Bible verse for today: “I have given you every place where the sole of your foot treads, just as I promised Moses.” Joshua 1:3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Go get it”
In yesterday’s devotional we considered the truth that God expects us to take personal responsibility for ourselves and for our loved ones. We are to work hard and be productive in life. In the Bible idleness, lack of initiative, and an unproductive life are always portrayed as sinful and contrary to the will of God.
In Joshua 1:3 we read that God instructed the Israelites to go forward and take possession of their Promised Land. In that verse He told them that He had already granted to them every place the sole of their foot would tread. But don’t miss the fact that before they could have what God wanted to give them, they had to be standing on it. Their feet had to take them to the ground God said they could have. In other words, it was up to them to go get it. God wasn’t going to give them something for which they showed no personal initiative to obtain or achieve.
This was going to require some effort and some faith on their parts. First, as verse 3 indicates, they had to go get it. They had to show initiative and take action. Then, in verses 7-8 we learn that their conduct would have to be according to Biblical principles, “Above all, be strong and very courageous to observe carefully the whole instruction my servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go. This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.”
And then finally, as they were taking personal responsibility for their own success by showing initiative and taking action, and as they were living in a manner that honored God, they would have to be strong and have courage because nothing worth having or achieving is ever easy: “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Today you will be faced with many opportunities – and God does want to bless you, but you have a role to play in obtaining the blessings of God. You have to take responsibility for your own life, you have to show initiative, and you have to go get it. I encourage you to do so.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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