General Robert E. Lee had a brilliant officer serving on his staff. He was fiercely faithful and loyal to the general. He was also a man of conviction, courage, and confidence. Every letter or note he wrote to General Lee was signed, “You can count on me!”
Our Lord has many people He can “count,” but not many He can “count on.” But there is one who stands as an example to all of us: Joshua!
Joshua was careful to obey all of the teachings and instructions that were given by God. As we read the book that bears his name, we find the theme of “obedience” time and time again. This theme of “obedience” is so very prominent because it is an essential aspect of the believer’s life. Additionally, it is a significant part of our lives, and one very crucial part of our lives that, with God’s help, we can control.
We cannot control the events that God brings into our lives, but we can control the way we respond to them. We cannot control the behavior of others around us, but we certainly can control how we behave when we are in their presence. We cannot control the decisions of our leaders, but we certainly can “pray without ceasing” for them. We cannot control the content of the media, but we can certainly choose different materials to read or programs to watch on television.
However, one choice that every Christian has is whether or not to obey God’s Word. The instructions in His Word sets the standard for all believers to follow and represent Him well!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, empower us with Your Holy Spirit to understand and accept Your Word Then enable us to be obedient to it so You will be able to “count on us.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: As the Lord had commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua. And Joshua did as he was told, carefully obeying all the commands that the Lord had given to Moses. Joshua 11:15