Monday, November 27 – Joshua 24:13
“And I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and cities which you had not built, and you have lived in them; you are eating of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.”
Have you ever taken a hike to see a picturesque view? It is a humbling experience to behold something so beautiful and recognize you did nothing to make it happen; you simply went to the best place to behold what was already there. For the Israelites, the scene was set, God was the one who did everything to bring them to the place they were. There are so many times in life we want to take credit for everything we have done. We want to say our hard work is the primary reason for where we are today. Yet, we find ourselves in the same place as the Israelites, in a land we have not worked for, in cities we have not built, eating from things we did not plant. Our hard work has not been in vain, but God is the One who has been putting things together behind the scenes all along. He has given us life and sustained us. He is the One who created all that we see. This is evident any time we behold the beauty of His creation, but does this reality change how you live?
Will you surrender all to Him or will you hold onto things that will not last in the end? Colossians 1:15-16 says, “He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.” We have been made by God for God through the work of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. In response, we live in surrender, recognizing this life is not our own.
- What are things you want to take credit for in your life? How has God been at work in those things?
- Why is it important for you to recognize God’s place as the provider and sustainer of your life?
- Pray and praise God for how He has provided in your life.