Devotion for August 16, 2022

“Always remember what is written in the Book of the Teachings. Study it day and night to be sure to obey everything that is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything.” (Joshua 1:8, NCV)

Everyone wants something to live for — but many of us look for it in the wrong places. You can’t find your mission in a magazine, on social media, or by watching TV with friends. You can’t just guess what it is either. You can only find God’s mission for your life in one place: God’s Word. Studies show that each of us has 600 to 700 talents, but we never use most of them. When you embrace God’s mission for your life, though, you’ll find that he can use all the gifts and talents He’s given you.

Jonah, one of God’s prophets in the Bible, received his life mission from God. The Bible says, “The LORD spoke his word to Jonah son of Amittai: ‘Get up, go to the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it, because I see the evil things they do’.” (Jonah 1:1-2, NCV). God gave Jonah his mission. He’ll give you one too as you read His Word. The more you dig into the Bible, the more you’ll understand your mission for life.

God uses many different ways to get his Word into your life. Sometimes you sit down to read it. Other times, you may hear someone preach it. And on other days you’ll read a devotional like this one. If the only time you open your Bible is when you’re in church, you likely will never discover God’s mission for your life. Instead, make the Bible a regular part of your life. Spend time with God every day, even if it’s just a few minutes. Put it in your schedule — write it on your calendar, or set a daily alert on your phone.

Joshua 1:8 says, “Always remember what is written in the Book of the Teachings. Study it day and night to be sure to obey everything that is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything” (NCV). If you want to be successful in God’s mission for your life, stop looking for a vision and start looking for a verse. God won’t write your mission in the sky. He has already written it in his Word.

Prayer

Lord, help me to understand my mission in life by keeping me in Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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