Monday, June 1
Doing Our Part
God wants and expects us to do our part as we live out our lives following Him. Ephesians 2:10 conveys this well: "He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing" (MSG). And we see God's desire for us to work with Him throughout the book of Joshua. God tells the Israelites that He has given them the Promised Land, but He doesn't usher them into a land that is conquered and prepared for their every need. Instead, God requires them to arise and go take the land.
Joseph's descendants were unhappy about only receiving one allotment of land as their inheritance, so they confront Joshua and complain to him about this perceived unfairness (vs. 14). Joshua acknowledges their size and strength before then directing them to clear out the forest and hill country to give them adequate space (instructing them to "do their part").
"And Joshua said to them, 'If you are a numerous people, go up by yourselves to the forest, and there clear ground for yourselves in the land of the Perizzites and the Rephaim, since the hill country of Ephraim is too narrow for you'" (vs. 15).
The people of Joseph balk at this directive, but Joshua stands his ground. He restates the command to clear the land and then reassures them about their great numbers and might and how they will possess the land to its farthest borders.
Do you think of yourself as a worker for and with God? Why is this important? How do we benefit when we "do our part" with God? What does God sharing the workload with us convey about how God feels about us as His children? Tami
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