Sunday, March 27, 2011

Strong able to work and fight

Quarreling with what is given is what we found in Joshua 17 today. A lot of land and a lot of people, but also forest. Doesn't sound too bad does it?

Well, the heirs of Joseph weren't happy with their lot, so they were complaining. Imagine, Joseph the man that was put in a well, dragged to a new land, falsely accused of taking a woman, thrown in jail, ruling in a foreign land, brothers don't even recognize, alone...never did we hear him complain! Here we have his heirs upset with their huge proportionment because it would require work and some fighting.

I find this scene so much like us! We are given a lot and still we complain. Joshua was himself from this tribe and he wasn't going to look like he was showing favor so he replied - Since you are so large and strong, you will be given more than one portion. The forest are yours as well. Clear as much of the land as your wish - meaning work...and you will drive out the Canaanites even though they are strong and have iron chariots...- fight

Again, the choice is yours. Need more land then sweat for it. Do something for it. If you are a great people like you have pointed out then you will do what you are able to make the land what you want! Fight for more, work for more and it will be yours. Oh not on a silver platter, but it will be yours through your sweat, your desires and your God. Yes God, will fight for you if you are earnestly making the choice to work and fight for the right reasons. We hurt ourselves by looking at the bumps in the road rather than the highway!

We have fabulous opportunities, if we are willing to fight and sweat for the right choices that are often set before us! We consult with the Lord and let it be His choice not ours and then we must work hard knowing that He goes with us each step of the way!

Easy? No!
Worth it? Yes!

Sweet Blessings,

Prayer Special: The World

1 comment:

Frankie said...

It seemed as though the individual tribes were fighting for their designated land instead of fighting as a nation as they had done. Is that why the tribes of Judah, Ephraim and Manasseh were unable to drive out the people that occupied the land? Did I miss something?

In one instance it says that the tribe of Judah could not drive out the Jebusites. Then Ephraim and Manasseh did not drive out the Canaanites. They said that the Canaanites were too strong for them.

What about God? Have they already forgotten all He has done and can do? Is it the whining again? Uh-Oh. I see myself in the Israelites.