Devotional: Applying the Bible to my today.
Read: Joshua 1:1-9
By Brian Jennings
Moses was dead, and the Israelites needed a leader. Joshua must’ve been shaking at the thought of trying to fill the great leader’s sandals, but God assured him of His presence. He then commanded Joshua: “Be strong and courageous.” (Joshua 1:7) God repeated this command to Joshua, and we know two things:
- Joshua listened. There were other voices, but Joshua chose to listen to God.
- Joshua obeyed. There were a million temptations to distrust God, but Joshua chose obedience.
Fast-forward ten chapters and Joshua needs to encourage his army. Guess what he said to them? “Be strong and courageous.” (Joshua 10:25)
The words God had spoken to him became the words he spoke to others.
This truth is why we say things like:
"You sound just like your father."
"Oh no. I'm turning into my mom."
"My grandma used to say..."
We repeat what we've heard. More than that, we mimic it. We repeat the content and the tone (and the accent, too).
If you want to talk like God, start listening.
When we listen, we hear God’s heart – not just the content of the words but also the love draped around them. And when we obey God in all circumstances, we develop the kind of trust that God desires.
Don’t you want to be able to speak the words of God to the hurting, discouraged, distracted, lonely, and confused? Don't we need the words of God right now?
Listen and obey. Before long, God’s words will fill your heart and conversations. And you’ll do what you were commanded to do – help others listen to God and obey Him, too.
Brian Jennings is the Lead Pastor at Highland Park Christian Church in Tulsa, OK and the author of Dancing in No Man’s Land, a life-giving and practical look into the way of Jesus that revolutionizes how to deal with conflict. Learn more at www.dancinginnomansland.com.