November 30, 2018
Read Joshua 18.
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Scripture: Joshua 18:1-3, Now that the land was under Israelite control, the entire community of Israel gathered at Shiloh and set up the Tabernacle. But there remained seven tribes who had not yet been allotted their grants of land. Then Joshua asked them, “How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given to you?”
Observation: In this chapter, Joshua challenges the remaining seven tribes to claim and possess their land. This is the land that God had promised to them. I can almost hear the irritation in Joshua’s voice as he tells them to get their act together and take control of the land. The question that comes to mind is why did these tribes need to be prodded in the first place? While it may be difficult for us to understand, these were people who had not lived in permanent dwellings for more than a generation. They were nomads. It’s very possible they were scared of something new and different, even if it was positive.
Application: How often we are much like these tribes! We are fearful of stepping out and doing something new, even when we know God has called us to it. God calls us to live out our faith at work, to pray for someone, to reach out to a neighbor, or to serve in a new way. All of these are really good things but we tend to hesitate, maybe even talk ourselves out of it because of fear. What are we afraid of? What were the seven tribes afraid of? Sometimes it’s not really clear. We might be fearful of getting out of our comfort zone, trying something new, looking weird, doing something wrong, you name it. But faith is about stepping out and doing it anyway and knowing that the Holy Spirit will give us the words and strength to take each new step. What different thing is God prompting YOU to do today?
Prayer: God, help me trust that you are always with me giving me the words and strength I need to step out of my comfort zone and to step out in faith. When I am fearful, give me your peace. Today, give me promptings from the Holy Spirit at my workplace, in my neighborhood, at my fun places, and all around my community to be a light for you. I love you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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