Monday, August 8
Jehovah your God is with you wherever you go. This is taken from Joshua 1:9.
Jehovah God really was with Joshua wherever he went. For instance, consider what happened as the Israelites were encamped near the Canaanite city of Jericho. In 1473 B.C.E., Joshua sent two men to spy out Jericho, and there they met the prostitute Rahab. She hid them on the roof of her house, concealing them from potential captors sent out by Jericho’s king. Rahab told the Israelite spies: “I do know that Jehovah will give you the land…, for we heard how Jehovah dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you…and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites,” She added: “Jehovah your God is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” Joshua 2:9-11 tells us: “She said to the men: “I do know that Jehovah will give you the land and that the fear of you has fallen upon us. All the inhabitants of the land are disheartened because of you, for we heard how Jehovah dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you left Egypt and what you did to the two kings of the Amʹor·ites, Siʹhon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction on the other side of the Jordan. When we heard about it, we lost heart, and no one has any courage because of you, for Jehovah your God is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” Because Rahab aligned herself with Jehovah’s organization of that time, God saw to it that she and her household were spared when the Israelites conquered Jericho. Joshua 6:25 tells us: “Only Ra’hab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her were spared by Joshua; and she lives in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent out to spy on Jericho.” Rahab exercised faith, had reverence for Jehovah, and showed respect for his people.
Awake: How to Harness Your Habits Part Two: Manage Your Environment
You want to eat healthy, but you have a whole bunch of junk food with your name on it. You try to stop drinking so much, but your friend takes you out bar hopping. You try to go to the gym today, but even the thought of lifting weights makes you tired.
Can you figure out what each of these scenarios have in common? Experience shows us that our environment, the situations we put ourselves in, and the people we spend time with, influences our success or failure in building good habits and breaking bad ones.
BIBLE PRINCIPLE: “The shrewd one sees the danger and conceals himself, but the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences.”-Proverbs 22:3.
Basically, we need to be like the shrewd or intelligent one that thinks ahead and avoid the danger. We do not want to suffer the consequences. we can cautiously avoid situations that could undermine our goals, and we can thus actively put ourselves in more favorable situations. 2 Timothy 2:22 tells us: “So flee from youthful desires, but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a clean heart.” Make it harder to do the wrong thing and easier to do the right thing.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Make it harder to do the wrong thing. For example, if you want to eliminate junk food from your diet, try not to keep food in your kitchen that you know is not good for you. That way, when temptation strikes, giving in will require more effort than not giving in.
- Make it easier to do the right thing. For instance, if you plan to exercise first thing in the morning, set your exercise clothing next to your bed the night before. The easier it is to get started, the more likely you are to follow through.
- Choose your friends carefully. We tend to become like the people we spend time with. 1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us: “Do not be misled. Bad associations spoil useful habits.” Choose your friends carefully. We tend to become like the people we spend time with.
Jehovah’s Witnesses. (2016, August). How to Harness Your Habits. Awake! How to Harness Your Habits, Vol. 97(No. 4), 5.