April 7 “Are you desperate for God?”

Are you desperate for God, thirsty for His truth? Or is He just something you check off your to-do list?

desperate for God

Today’s Readings:
Deuteronomy 3 & 4
Psalm 42.1-5
Proverbs 13.17-18
Luke 9.1-17

Deuteronomy 3 & 4:

Keep your eyes on Him

The Nation of Israel was about to enter the Promised Land by crossing over the Jordan River. As they went, they were to keep their eyes on the ark, which represented the presence of God. Once again God would supernaturally allow them to cross over on dry land.

We, too, are to keep our eyes on God, trusting Him to lead us and guide us through the difficulties and battles of life.

Isaiah 43.2:

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you
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April 6 “Do a heart check”

Don’t miss today’s commentary. Do a heart check. Evaluate your relationship with God.

heart check

Today’s Readings:
Joshua 1 & 2
Psalm 41.1-13
Proverbs 13.15-16
Luke 8.26-56

Joshua 1 & 2:

Be strong and of good courage!

Moses has died and Joshua has just assumed the leadership of God’s people. Some of God’s first instructions to the new leader were “Be strong and of good courage!”—not just once, but repeatedly (vv. 6, 7, 9).

That advice is for us today, as well. Whatever God has called us to do, He’ll give us the wisdom, the strength, and the courage to do as long as we rely on Him.

Conditional promises

Then verse 8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (1.8).

We love the promises of God like “you will have good success,” but so many of God’s promises are conditional. In this passage God lists three conditions, 1) “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth,” 2) “you shall meditate in it day and night,” and 3) “observe to do according to all that is written in it.” “For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

How much time to you spend reading, studying, and memorizing God’s Word? Do you meditate—think deeply about—its great truths and instructions? Is it in your mouth? Or is your mouth filled with complaining, criticizing and condemning? Are you a doer of the Word or just a hearer? Continue reading