Daily Devotion

Good morning, Miracle Believers.

Song for the day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wu9sCWgFYQ

Memory verse for the week: Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

   What can we expect when we follow God wholeheartedly? Let’s take a look at Joshua 14:6-11: A delegation from the tribe of Judah, led by Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, came to Joshua at Gilgal. Caleb said to Joshua, “Remember what the LORD said to Moses, the man of God, about you and me when we were at Kadesh-Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the LORD, sent me from Kadesh-Barnea to explore the land of Canaan. I returned and gave an honest report, but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the LORD my God. So that day Moses solemnly promise me, “The land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the LORD my God.’

   “Now, as you can see, the LORD has kept me alive and well as he promised for all these forty-five years since Moses made this promise—even while Israel wandered in the wilderness. Today I am eighty-five years old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then.

   Things worked out pretty well for Joshua. Similarly, things worked out well for Caleb who agreed with Joshua. Deuteronomy 1:35-36 records what God said, “Not one of you from this wicked generation will live to see the good land I swore to give your ancestors, except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see this land because he has followed the LORD completely. I will give to him and his descendants some of the very land he explored during his scouting mission.’ Later on, in Joshua 14:14, there’s a record of what happened: Hebron still belongs to the descendants of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite because he wholeheartedly folllowed the LORD, the God of Israel.

   What about Joseph? Genesis 39:6b-12 says, Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded.

   But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”

   She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.

   The immediate consequence of wholeheartedly following God was Joseph ended up in prison. However, Galatians 6:9 says, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Joseph eventually got out of prison, became a mighty leader, and saved many from starvation including his own family.

   What about Naaman? He was the commander of King Aram’s army and a mighty warrior. He had leprosy and went to Elisha the prophet to be healed. II Kings 5:10 says, “But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.” Leaving out some of the details, verse 14 says, “So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child, and he was healed!” Naaman ended up wholeheartedly following what God said he needed to do, and he was completely healed of leprosy. 

   There are so many more examples of those who followed after God wholeheartedly, and they were blessed and used by God to accomplish great things. Jesus made a blanket statement concerning those who follow hard after God in Matthew 19:29: “And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.”