Do you realize the importance of your time and efforts? Let’s get today started on the right foot by investing in the right things that produce a good legacy. Remember how legacy isn’t about what you leave behind but rather what you have poured into others. Therefore, to be the dads and have the right things to pour out requires that we are filled with the right stuff first. Additionally, let’s make the time and effort to get filled up to overflowing with the good things of God!
Time and Effort to get filled up with love to overflowing:
Firstly, we need to make the time and effort to build a relationship with God as He is love and to trust God we need to know God. Therefore, let’s grab a hold of Romans 15:13 which tells us: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.“
Spend time and effort reading and studying God’s Word:
Secondly, we learn in Psalms 119:105 how “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” We learn in James 1:22 that “But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth].” Therefore, by reading and studying the Word of God through the Bible we can see and understand what God is asking and calling us to do so that we can then be doers of the Word and overflow into the lives of our wives and kids!
Firstly, let’s be the dads who know God’s Word to the point of being able to speak it into and over the lives of our wives, kids, and world. Secondly, let’s be the dads who read and mediate on God’s Word, day and night so that we can live our lives to meet the needs of our wives and kids in accordance with all that is written in it. Thirdly, let’s be the dads who lean in on God, trusting Him because we know that doing life His way will make our way prosperous and help us be successful based on His definition.
How can we apply today’s verse of the day to help us be the dads our wives and kids need us to be? What does it tell us to help us be successful in God’s eyes?
Applications of Joshua 1:8 to help us be the dads our wives, kids, and world need us to be for the glory of God:
- Constant Meditation on God’s Word:
- Application: Regularly meditate on God’s Word by incorporating daily Bible reading and reflection into your routine. Allow the Scriptures to guide your thoughts and actions.
- Verbalizing God’s Word:
- Application: Speak God’s Word over your family and circumstances. Use Scripture in your conversations with your wife and kids to provide encouragement, guidance, and affirmation.
- Consistent Application of God’s Commands:
- Application: Actively live out the principles and commands found in the Bible. Strive to align your decisions and behaviors with God’s teachings in all aspects of your life.
- Personal Growth through God’s Word:
- Application: Seek personal growth and transformation through the study of Scripture. Allow the Word of God to shape your character, values, and attitudes.
- Prioritize God’s Word in Decision-Making:
- Application: When faced with decisions, consult God’s Word for guidance. Let the principles in the Bible inform your choices, both big and small.
- Teaching and Modeling God’s Word to Your Family:
- Application: Take the responsibility to teach your family about God’s Word. Model the values and behaviors you want your children to emulate by consistently living according to biblical principles.
- Integrate God’s Word into Daily Conversations:
- Application: Make it a habit to discuss biblical principles in everyday conversations. Share relevant passages or stories from the Bible to illustrate important life lessons.
- Seeking God’s Will Through Prayer:
- Application: Pair your study of God’s Word with fervent prayer. Seek God’s guidance and wisdom as you navigate the challenges and joys of fatherhood.
- Purposeful and Intentional Fatherhood:
- Application: Approach your role as a father with purpose and intentionality. Use the wisdom gained from God’s Word to guide your parenting style and decisions.
- Understanding True Success:
- Application: Rethink your definition of success. In God’s eyes, success is not solely measured by worldly achievements but by living in accordance with His Word and bringing glory to Him through your actions.
It’s worth investing the time and effort:
By applying these principles from Joshua 1:8, you can cultivate a strong foundation in God’s Word and become the dad your wife, kids, and the world need, ultimately finding success in alignment with God’s standards.