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