Joshua 3 - Day 266 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Joshua 3:1-17
Observation: God confirms His presence and support to Joshua and the Israelites.
Application: Miracles reinforce our faith by extending His grace to us through miracles. God is able to do anything, for He created everything.
Prayer: Lord, help my unbelief...
Joshua 2 - Day 265 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Joshua 2:1-23
Observation: Joshua sends two spies to scout the land and they are aided by Rahab, a prostitute.
Application: God has his own way of doing things. Rahab, a woman of ill repute helps the Israelites and is saved. Not just from her life of prostitution, but from the bondage of her past. She, along with Tamar and Ruth belonged to the illustrious lineage of Christ.
Prayer: Lord, fulfill Your plans in and through me...
Joshua 1 - Day 264 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Joshua 1:1-9
Summary of Book: Purpose of Writing: The Book of Joshua provides an overview of the military campaigns to conquer the land area that God had promised. Following the exodus from Egypt and the subsequent forty years of the wilderness wanderings, the newly-formed nation is now poised to enter the Promised Land, conquer the inhabitants, and occupy the territory. The overview that we have here gives abbreviated and selective details of many of the battles and the manner in which the land was not only conquered but how it was divided into tribal areas.
Application: Repetition is a good thing, especially as we age gracefully with the Lord. Joshua was told what to do but God takes it upon Himself to tell him once more, almost as if to confirm His support.
Prayer: Lord, please speak to me again...
John 21 - Day 263 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: John 21:25
Observation: John concludes his gospel by dispelling a rumor and sharing an observation.
Application: We live in a world where we have access to libraries of information at our fingertips. There have been tens of thousands of books written about Jesus, Christianity, salvation, grace and so many other spiritual subjects to influence an unbeliever to Christ, that it would take decades for a person to filter through all of it. John wrote his good news story about Jesus so that a person could read it and believe that he is the Son of God who came to take away the sins of the world and reconcile us back to his Father God. Personally I prefer the latter option.
Prayer: Lord, I believe in you...
John 20 - Day 262 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: John 20:1-30
Observation: Our author concludes his "good news" testimony by clarifying his purpose in writing his exposition.
Application: Do my actions reflect my beliefs?
Prayer: Thank you Lord Jesus for giving me the tools to build my faith that I may have life in Your name.