Joshua 10:1–15

Additional Scripture Readings: Psalm 37:5; Matthew 6:34

Where does your time go? Do you ever look back at the end of the day and wonder? Do you sometimes wish God would stretch your days, as he did for Joshua fighting the enemies of Israel?

One reason you may not have enough time is that you waste the time you do have. Before you go on a guilt trip, think about it.

Do you waste time by overdoing? Why, exactly, does the kitchen have to be spotless every time you leave it? Is there a law that requires that you always wash your car after it rains?

Maybe you waste time by under-planning. Going to the store without a list is okay sometimes, but when you’re planning a big meal for company, you’ll probably have to head back again for overlooked items.

And how about overreacting? Do you have to race to the phone every time it rings? Is it necessary to start wallpapering all over just because you made a tiny mistake or could you force yourself to patch it?

Maybe you can’t make the sun stand still to give you more time. But you can add minutes and hours to your days by trimming time wasters.


November 4
The Land of In Between
And He said to them, “You yourselves come apart into a deserted place, and rest a little. For those coming and those going were many, and they did not even have opportunity to eat.” (Mar_6:31, Living Bible)
The Scripture tells us that the Lord called the disciples to a desert place to get some rest. They had seen great ministry prior to their desert experience. And, given what we know of the rest of the story, they went on to even greater ministry after the desert experience was finished.
From this we learn that the desert place in the life of disciples is located in between seasons of ministry!
Could it be that if you are presently experiencing your own desert experience, then the Lord is getting ready to call you into a more effective ministry than you have known?
The Bible says of John the Baptist, “He was in the desert until his showing forth unto Israel.” I wonder if John ever thought, “How long must I endure this blasted heat, these stringy locusts legs, and this rocky waste land!? I’m the prophet of the Most High! Let’s get this show on the road!!”
I wonder if Moses ever wondered how long he would tend sheep in Midian, or if Paul while making tents in Tarsus ever wondered if he would ever get a chance to preach about the unsearchable riches of Christ.
I wonder what Joseph thought in the prison of Egypt, or David in the cave of Adulam, or Daniel in the Courts of Babylon, or Jeremiah in Jonathan’s dungeon, or John on the Isle of Patmos.
It seems that God takes all of us through these times of darkness, dryness, dullness, dreariness, and dread. You are not alone my friend. Look around and see if any of these champions left you some words of hope scrawled on the walls!
Years ago (oh hallelujah) during a dramatic season of evangelism known as the Jesus Movement (amen, praise the Lord) I was on the front lines in many spiritual campaigns (yea, glory to God) and I saw firsthand the Lord do extraordinary things. Indeed, there seemed to be no end in sight as we met daily and celebrated scores of new converts to Christ.
Hallelujah, praise the Lord; glory to God! Amen, and Amen.
But then an odd thing happened to me on my way to a marvelous Destiny. The river dried up. Everything seemed to come to an abrupt halt, and I found myself sidelined while life apparently went on without me. Weeks turned to months, and then years.
I remember walking the streets in my neighborhood late into the evening, crying out to God. With tears streaming down my cheeks I would ask, “Lord, are you ever going to use me?” Now, all these years later, I look back in astonishment at some of the astounding things that God has done. And, I know that He is not finished with me yet.
Friend I know the same will be true for you. This desert you are in; this dry time you are going through is a season of preparation. The Lord is fitting you for something yet to come. You are not ready for it; and it is not ready for you. The best thing that can happen is for you to “grow, and become strong in spirit while you are in this wilderness.” In God’s good time, He will move you from the Land of In Between and “show you to Israel.”
Count on it!

A Life Free of Clutter, Day 9


Today’s reading is drawn from Luke 12:34.

The most powerful life is the most simple life. The most powerful life is the life that knows where it’s going, that knows where the source of strength is, and the life that stays free of clutter and happenstance and hurriedness.

Being busy is not a sin. Jesus was busy. Paul was busy. Peter was busy. Nothing of significance is achieved without effort and hard work and weariness. Being busy, in and of itself, is not a sin. But being busy in an endless pursuit of things that leave us empty and hollow and broken inside—that cannot be pleasing to God.

One source of man’s weariness is the pursuit of things that can never satisfy; but which one of us has not been caught up in that pursuit at some time in our life? Our passions, possessions, and pride—these are all dead things. When we try to get life out of dead things, the result is only weariness and dissatisfaction.

from Walking with the Savior

Divine Decree



“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

We’ve talked about the powerful influence others have on the way we see ourselves. Yet we should always remember that true value is granted by the One who created us in the first place. There is no greater sense of self‐worth than knowing that He is acquainted with me personally; that He values me more than the possessions of the entire world; that He understands my fears and anxieties; that He reaches out to me when no one else cares; that He can turn my liabilities into assets and my emptiness into fullness; and that He has a place prepared for me—one where earthly pain and suffering will be but a dim memory.

Indeed, the Lord of the universe places so much value on us that He gave His life to save us. What a fantastic message of hope and encouragement for those who are broken and discouraged! This is self‐worth at its richest—dependent not on the whims of birth or physical attractiveness or social judgment, but on the decree of our loving Lord.

Just between us…

  • Do we base our self‐image on the Lord’s divine decree?
  • What is it that really makes you feel valuable?
  • Do I let you know often enough how much I value you?
  • How can I better show how much I appreciate you?
  • How can we remember that our worth as human beings is determined not by what we do or how we look or what we own, but by the fact that we are children of God?

Lord, we want so much to view ourselves and others from an eternal perspective. May we build our lives together on Your grand scheme, not on what is temporary and insignificant. Help us to live each day by the truth of Your divine decree. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
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