One of the interesting commands of scripture is for the people of God to be consistent.  All over the Bible there is the notional that we are supposed to be daily, consistently seeking God with all that we are.

Deuteronomy tells us to talk about God in our rising and in our sleeping.

Paul tells us to pray without ceasing.

We are told by our Lord to pray for our daily bread.

And listen to what God tells Joshua today in Joshua 1:8

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

God knew that Joshua had some tough days ahead.  He knew that the people of Israel would not be easy to lead.  He knew that there would be days of frustration and hard work ahead for him.

And so, God gives him to major commands in this first chapter – first do not fear. Don’t be afraid.  God is with you.  Good words for us today. Don’t be afraid. Don’t fear. God will not leave nor forsake you.

Second, what we read here – read the “book” continually.  Study it.  Pray over it.  Make it part of your life. God has given us His “book,” i.e. the Bible, for us to study. For us to learn. For us to pray over. For us to hear His voice in. For us to know Him better through. For us to be drawn deeper and deeper to Him with.

We are a lot like Joshua. There will be tough times. There will be trials. There will be tears. There will be worries. So, don’t fear. God is with you.

And consistently, constantly, daily, spend time in His book.  We eat daily, we sleep daily, we do things we need to do daily to live.

We need to, each day, for the life of our souls, spend time in His word.  May we be consistent.  May we be continual. And may we find life.  And in seeking Him, may we find Him.


Unexpected Places

Where do you expect to see God today?

Since it’s not Sunday, maybe you don’t expect to see Him at all today.  Sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking that we only see Him on Sunday.

That we only see Him in church.

That we only hear Him through the words a preacher says.

That, my friends, is not so. We can see God, we can experience God in many different ways.

In our lives, we can find God in some very unexpected places.

Listen to what Jesus says today in Mark 9:

Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.”

Before this scene, the disciples had been arguing over who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus tells them that the one that serves would be the greatest.

And then, He picks up a child and says that to welcome a little child is to welcome God.

Now, in our day, we nod our heads and smile and say, sure, that sounds lovely. But, in Jesus’ day, that was not so. Children were not seen as much worth much until they grew into adulthood. Then, they may have a little value.

But, children, in that day?  No value.

And Jesus says, there, there in that small child, you have the chance to welcome God.

In an unexpected place.

Today, where do you expect to find God?  If you will open your eyes, open your heart, you will find Him in places you do not expect.

He is there.  Waiting.  Waiting for you to encounter Him. Waiting on you to love Him.  Serve Him. Worship Him.

In unexpected places.

Today, in all we do, we may we find God in those places. And may we be drawn closer to Him in all that we do.