April 29, 2011

Today you should read: Joshua 17

Many times reading these chapters of land allotments and genealogies can be boring or seem to be useless. But, we must be careful of this attitude for two reasons. One is that God’s word, all of it, is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) Secondly is that many times God hides, in these passages, huge lessons for us that may be over looked if we skim through it flippantly. In this chapter there are two big time lessons for us to see.

In verses 12 and 13 we see the Israelites make a mistake that seems harmless enough but, as we will see later on, becomes disastrous. They were told by God form the very beginning to destroy all the people of the land. God knew that if the people were allowed to live in the land with the Israelites they would sway them toward idol worship. The Manassites did not do what God told them to do. They thought they would do one better than God. How often do we do this in our own lives? God tells us to go there or do this and we say, “you know what God, that sounds great but if I do this instead I could have so much more impact, or if I go here it would be a much better situation.” When God directs our steps we should have only one answer, “YES!”

The second lesson we can take from this chapter is found in verse 16. The people of Joseph are complaining that their portion of land is not big enough. Joshua tells them to clear out the forest and take that land. Now, God has already allowed the Israelites to take over most of the land, even when the odds were stacked against them. They have destroyed numerous large, powerful armies. The people of Joseph must have forgotten this because they are afraid of a few rebel Canaanites living in the forest. They tell Joshua that there are still some Canaanite people in the forest who have iron chariots.

How often does God do something unbelievable in our lives and then one small problem, one small “iron chariot” pops up and we quickly forget all that He has already done? God parted the Jordan River, made the walls of Jericho fall, and these guys are afraid of a few iron chariots! Joshua basically tells them to get over it and go take the land, just as God told them to. When you feel like there are “iron chariots” in your life that are holding you back from doing what God has called you to do remember what God has already done and remember that what God starts, He finishes.( Phil.1:6)

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

4 thoughts on “April 29, 2011”

  1. Thnks, Robbie. I find it amazing how through the reading God reveals different thing to each of us. Jumpstart is demonstrating (Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. “)
    Settling for less than God’s highest and best seems to be a reoccurring theme with the Israelites. Two and a half of the tribes settle east of the Jordan River – though they fight with the rest, the choose to live outside the Promised Land. And though God clearly promises to drive out the inhabitants of the mountain regions (Joshua 13:6), the tribe of Judah are unable to dislodge the Jebusites in Jerusalem. In yesterday’s reading we saw the tribe of Ephriam allow the Canaanites to remain as slaves and today the remaining tribe of Manasseh follow suit.
    So far the only territory to be completely occupied is the land allotted to Caleb whose heart was wholly devoted to God.
    In my self-righteousness I can look at the Israelites and think “Boy, if God told me He would fight for me and clear out my enemy; I would sure be on board with that.”. However, I am no different, I allow the littlest of things to remain and derail me. Oh that God would create a pure heart in me! One that is wholly devoted to seeking His highest and best; one that will not settle for anything less. Please, Lord, do it in me!

  2. Awesome Robbie! I know what you mean by sometimes we forget what God has brought us through and we look at the circumstances of a situation. Today “Joseph’s people” have done that and are totally forgetting what God has done.

    Church I pray that we never forget where we’ve come, saved from addictions, from marriage struggles, from sinful lives, to a new life in Jesus. 2 Cor 5:17 says “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come.” Church be a new creation in Christ and don’t dwell on your situation because as long as we remain in Him (John 15) He will get us through everything. Our God conquered ARMIES, took out a DYNASTY (Pharoah), and is still doing the improbable, like saving lives from addictions, saving marriages from divorce, saving our lives from ourselves…if you let Him.

    Never forget what our AWESOME God has done, because He’s not going to stop unless you stop worshipping Him first. Blessings church!!

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