July 13, 2018

Joshua 19:49–51 (NLT) — 49 After all the land was divided among the tribes, the Israelites gave a piece of land to Joshua as his allocation. 50 For the Lord had said he could have any town he wanted. He chose Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim. He rebuilt the town and lived there. 51 … So the division of the land was completed.

Okay so unless you are interested in real estate chapters 14-19 here in Joshua probably were a little boring to you. But again remember that > 2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NLT) — 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

These chapters are part of the All Scripture. If nothing else these chapters scream out to us “God is faithful, God is faithful, God is faithful.” Remember that back in Numbers 13&14 God promised that only Joshua and Caleb would remain alive of those of those 20 years and older because they believed God would give them the promised land. The generation over 20 would die in the wilderness because they chose to believe the majority report of the other 10 spies instead of the Word of God. Taking a poll is never a good way to discern the will of God. The majority are not always right and they are not always faithful.

The dividing up of the land started out by Caleb getting his land > God is faithful. Then the other tribes got their land > God is faithful. And then when it looked like their was no more land to give and that perhaps God would not come through, Joshua got his land > God is faithful.

The last sentence of the chapters describing the land lots ends by saying as noted above > “So the division of land was completed.” God is faithful. God keeps His word. God completes what He starts. As you plod along day by day doing the mundane everyday things of life you ought to be able to do them with a smile on your face, confidence in your heart and an encouraging word on your lips. You know that God is faithful. You know that what ever is happening God will work it for good. Caleb and Joshua plodded through the wilderness  for forty years holding on to the Word of God. I imagine that they encouraged each other daily with the words, “It isn’t always going to be like this. Just a few more years, just a few more months, just a few more weeks, just a few more days and we will get what God promised us.”

Haven’t you got your land yet? In other words haven’t you seen a certain promise of God come to pass yet? So how has that affected your attitude, your demeanor, your obedience and your worship? All these things show if your faith is truly in God or if you are siding in with the majority report which says that God will not come through for you? Walking through the hot dry sand of each day isn’t very encouraging or uplifting but it does lead to a fulfilled promise if you just keep walking and trusting. Remember all the other Israelites, the kids of the older unbelievers, received their inheritance too:)

Philippians 1:6 (NLT) — 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Joshua 21:43–45 (NLT) — 43 So the Lord gave to Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. 44 And the Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had solemnly promised their ancestors. None of their enemies could stand against them, for the Lord helped them conquer all their enemies. 45 Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.

 

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    And Psalm 136 says 26 times ‘His faithful love endures forever.’ His faithfulness is for us today and for the generations to follow. ‘Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithfulness endures forever.’