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The Dedication Barometer

"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in the land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" (Josh.25:15)

The snowstorm we are having right now was predicted several days ago, as it was a disturbance on the Pacific coast. Using tried and true instruments like a barometer and other sophisticated tracking devices, we got about a 3 or 4 day window of warning about this storm. I mentioned the barometer, an instrument that measures air pressure in regards to sea level. Scientists were experimenting with this measurement back in the 1600s, and Torricelli is usually considered to be its inventor. Changes in air pressure are used in predicting possible changes in weather. As Christians, we are to live a life that is dedicated to our God. In science, measurement is a vitally important aspect. Lets take this principle into our spiritual lives. Is there a way to measure our dedication to God? Is there a barometer? In today's verse, it appears that Joshua had one. He looked around at the present conditions and compared them to past experimentation that the people had done with other gods. Weighing all the evidence, his measurement of dedication concluded; "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." During the days of Noah, God looked at an evil world, and found only one man dedicated to Him. Noah's dedication was of the magnitude that he put everything in his life on hold to obey God's specific commands. Noah certainly must have been tempted to participate in the evil doings going on around him, but his dedication to God was unwavering. We can measure it by the barometer of his obedience, even under the most trying times. We sit in a world much like Noah's or Joshua's. We are tempted to join in on the worldly fun, but God has something better in store for us. The barometer for measuring our dedication is found in how we conduct ourselves when things aren't going so well. Those times when we rely on God and godly friends to pull us through and maintain our goals. We all have a dedication barometer. Lets make sure we use it to insure our success....

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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