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Ruth 1:8
Then Naomi said to them, "Go back, each of you, to your mother's home. May the Lord show kindness to you, as you have shown to you dead and to me."

What can Naomi offer them? Is not their only hope for happiness to return home and start again to find a suitable mate with whom to bear children and live? Naomi appreciates what they have done for her, but she cannot help them in return, and they must try their “luck” elsewhere. When Ruth will not accept her advice, the door is open for God to work a work that in the end will touch not only all Israel, but our lives, too. Lord, help us make decisions today with You as our chief end and goal. May we resist, like Ruth, any reasoning that leaves You out. May Jesus be our joy and strength!
Judges 1:8
The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire

It was God’s purpose to bring judgment on the previous inhabitants of Palestine and to give the land to His people as an inheritance forever. Consequently, He gave them success as they attacked, and He eliminated the influences in the land that would lead His people astray. We know they will not always succeed. They will stop being as diligent to obey God as they are at this moment, and they will stop receiving the help and strength they will need to succeed. Let us look at their success. The men of Judah attacked a fortified city and brought it down. May we overcome and destroy everything that hinders in our walk with God! Lord, help us to overcome and destroy what keeps us from You!
Joshua 1:8
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written it in. Then you will be prosperous and successful

Prosperity and success are connected with speaking the word of God, meditating upon it, and doing the things commanded. There are many professing Christians who talk the talk but do not walk the walk. God reminds us that mouthing Christianity is not enough, but He does not discourage us from mouthing it. How will others know of Christ if we are silent? How will the work of the Gospel go on unless there are preachers? Lord Jesus, help us never to let Your Word depart from our mouths, but give us grace that we meditate on the words we speak, and that we be careful to do what we have read.
Deuteronomy 1:8
"See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land that the LORD swore he would give to your fathers--to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob--and to their descendants after them."

God had given the land, but they must take possession of it. It would be a long series of battles, since those who occupied the land at the time were fierce to defend it. The struggle would bring about the judgment of God upon the nations now in the land, and would prove the means of strengthening the people to fight and to defend what God had called them to. It would be an occasion to learn the evils of idolatry and to begin to exterminate it from their lives. God had given the land, but they must take it and preserve it for their children. Lord Jesus, help us do likewise!
Numbers 1:8
from Issachar, Nethanel son of Zuar

God is directly appointing certain individuals from every tribe to help Moses and Aaron in administrative tasks with this great nation He is bringing into being. That He should know every individual of every tribe by name is astonishing to us. That He should know the administrative skills of each is part of our amazement. What an encouragement it would be for Nethanel to know that he was placed in his position by God Almighty, who would be his strength in weakness, his comfort, and his continual guide! God has put each of us into the exact place He wanted, as well. He will enable us this day, and He will work to make glorious the end to which we are called to serve. We are representatives from our families, placed in a place of service. Help us, Lord to serve You!
Leviticus 1:8
Then Aaron's sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, including the head and the fat, on the burning wood that is on the altar.

It took a great deal of organization to make all this come together at the appointed time. The fire must be kindled, the animal slain and skinned, the carcass cut in pieces in a particular way, and then arranged in a particular way on the fire that has been kept burning. It is no wonder that God set aside an entire tribe to learn the protocol, to practice the skills, to clean up after, and to teach the people the significance of it all, as much as they were able. Lord, help us to see our place at work as a small part of a large plan. Help us bring Jesus Christ into the workplace, and let Him somehow shine through us this day.
Exodus 1:8
Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt.

God changes the playing field, and the equipment accumulated for the last tournament is not regulation equipment any more. Not only new game rules, but a new game. Israel must wait and see how the new regime will help or hinder life for them. Obviously, previous advantages are gone. But will there be opposition? Such were the thoughts of Israel during the transition, and it turned out the new regime did decide against them. God does this kind of thing all the time. Politics change, companies change ownership, businesses downsize, economies fizzle, bad men take over. In our own lives, the playing field gets changed. Help us, Lord, to learn from Your dealings in the life of Israel. Help us discern Your purposes in Christ and fit with Him into what you do.
Genesis 1:8
God called the expanse "sky", and there was evening and morning--the second day.

If we had watched over God’s shoulder when He made the sky we would have had no idea if He had made anything, and no possible concept of what He made it for. Just a space between the clouds and the earth—what would He do with that? We could never have imagined the myriad of living things that would breathe under this sky, the birds that would fly in it, the beauties of sunrise and sunset He would display, the planes that would fly in it, and kites that kids would fly. All these future creations and manifestations of His glories were yet in His mind, but He made the sky to put them all in. Lord, help us appreciate the empty times in our lives as preludes of Your Glory!

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