Daily Devotional

Serve Well

Serve Well

You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the Lord. (Josh. 24:22) Joshua called the tribes of Israel at Shechem on the carpet. He told them that they should not say things with their lips, with no intention of following through. They had made...
Remember Well

Remember Well

It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt . . . and performed those great signs. (Josh. 24:17) God did miraculous things through the denominational youth conventions I was privileged to lead for over twenty-five years. We depended...
Choose Well

Choose Well

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. (Josh. 24:15) Burger King used to have a ditty on their commercials that belted out, “Have it your way!” What if God’s “ditty”...
Fear Well

Fear Well

Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. (Josh. 24:14) When you hear the phrase, “fear the Lord,” do you have thoughts wondering what God is going to do to you? What does it actually mean to “fear the Lord and serve him”? When...
I Will Not Fear

I Will Not Fear

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Ps. 32:7) I remember certain moments of sheer panic as the wind rattled around and battered the humble rafters of our summer cottage. Those blacker-than-black nights...
Promised Hope

Promised Hope

The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever. (Josh. 14:9) Their cheeks were pink as they climbed the last hill. Grandfather and grandson had explored all day. The valleys and streams, woods and bogs each held...
Selah–Rest

Selah–Rest

Then the land had rest from war. (Josh. 14:15) Was it ever going to end? It was almost as if the paperwork taunted her tattered heart with her new reality. Her marriage was ending. It wasn’t what she wanted, and it wasn’t what she had been fighting so...
The Formidable Foe

The Formidable Foe

“But, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” (Josh. 14:12) Somehow it made sense to us back then. We weren’t sure who had made up the rules, but “The Game” always seemed to be full of intrigue and ripe for...
Armed for Battle

Armed for Battle

I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. (Josh. 14:11) His kitchen table had been training ground ever since his wife had died so young. His broken heart had fueled his pursuit of the Healer. To raise his boys, he needed wisdom and strength....
The Choice

The Choice

I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. (Josh. 15:8) I had a choice to make about this fearsome giant. What was I going to do with it? My little girl was newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and realities of constant monitoring, endless blood checks, and...
The Swing Set

The Swing Set

So the Israelites divided the land, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. (Josh. 14:5) They noticed the little girl seemed to stay in one place. She was quiet as she looked around her new room. They weren’t sure what that day would be like as their daughter...
Squirrels Can Talk

Squirrels Can Talk

Lord my God, I will praise you forever. (Ps. 30:12) Abraham Lincoln liked to tell a story about a proud farmer who lived in a house that had been passed down to him through several generations. A 130-year-old oak tree sat on the property and provided both shade and...
Angry for Good Reason

Angry for Good Reason

Then the Lord turned from his fierce anger. (Josh. 7:26) The full history of the world is really a story of redemption. God seeks after mankind, but does so without compromising his holy character. God is not capricious and given to sudden outbursts of anger. Nor does...
It’s Showtime

It’s Showtime

Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done.” (Josh. 7:20) Shortly after Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, came out in theaters, the media started to report shocking stories...
You Can Run but You Cannot Hide

You Can Run but You Cannot Hide

Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me. (Josh. 7:19) I remember it like it was yesterday. My mom’s piercing glare burned straight through my eight-year-old soul and called out for an immediate confession. Although I was way too young to understand...
You Cannot Have It Both Ways

You Cannot Have It Both Ways

I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction. (Josh. 7:12) I had had enough! My oldest son was not listening to me, and I was quickly losing my patience with him. I looked at him and very sternly said, “Son, if...
Finding Hope

Finding Hope

Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? (Josh. 7:10) A young man who had been terminally diagnosed with cancer showed up for his usual treatment and was met by a new doctor who casually and cruelly said to him, “You know, don’t you, that you are...
Freedom to Do What’s Right

Freedom to Do What’s Right

They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. (Josh. 7:5) Clearly the Israelite soldiers thought that they had this fight in the bag when Joshua sent them from Jericho to conquer the city of Ai. Not only...
What Controls Your Life?

What Controls Your Life?

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. (Ps. 29:11) One of the co-teachers of my adult Sunday school class challenged us to give our problems to God—just like that—give them to God! I was too shy in my young adult...
Following God

Following God

See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. (Josh. 3:11) My husband, Cliff, learned he had metastatic cancer that included several lesions on his brain. The doctors kept asking whether he had experienced any...
Our Need for Reminders

Our Need for Reminders

Each of you is to take up a stone . . . to serve as a sign among you. (Josh. 4:5–6) The monuments in Washington DC are tributes to some of this nation’s Founding Fathers. They remind us, among other things, that America was indeed founded on Christian...
Do We Trust Him Enough?

Do We Trust Him Enough?

The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground. (Josh. 3:17) A phone call from my doctor’s nurse informed me that a pretest revealed I had several small intestinal ulcers, possibly caused...
Follow the Real GPS

Follow the Real GPS

And as soon as the priests . . . set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off. (Josh. 3:13) When I go on a road trip, I generally use my GPS. She usually steers me well, if I follow her directions exactly. If I don’t, I mess up! Oh, I...
Hear His Words

Hear His Words

Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God.” (Josh. 3:9) My first fourth-grade report card, let’s just say, left much to be desired! When Dad got home from work, he looked at it and told me to come to...