What Are You Waiting For? (Joshua 17-19)

 So Joshua said to the people of Israel, “How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you? Joshua 18:3

Let’s be honest with each other this day. We are each prone to procrastinate in certain areas of life. I know these areas differ depending on our heart’s position. I wonder, are there any things that God directs us to do, that we procrastinate about?

In our focal text Joshua is completing the allotment of land for the Tribes of Israel. As we read through the chapters Joshua is placing boundaries on the map of the Promised Land. As he speaks each tribe would have listened closely to know what was their set-aside land.

I know that these chapters may seem of little value to you today. But if you consider the context I think your views will change. Here is what I mean:

  • The land was in the hands of the enemy. The tribes would have to fight their way to victory.
  • The land was a gift from God. The tribes did not have to fear that they could not defeat the enemy.
  • The land was a reminder that there was more work to do.
  • The land demanded that there would be people who would step up to leadership in the land.

Joshua calls out 24 men to step forward with the purpose of going throughout the land to map it out and to plan the strategy for conquering the land. (18:3-6).

I can hear Joshua in my mind and in my ear calling out, let’s get to work. I can hear him asking, what are you waiting for.

Certainly I know the Bible tells us to wait on the Lord, Isaiah 40:30-31. I also know the Bible tells us to trust in the Lord, Prov. 3:5-6. But I also know the Bible says, “go,” Matt. 28:18-20. Above everything I know the Bible calls every person to realize we each have a valuable assignment from God (I Cor. 12).

This day, you need to be reminded of your assignment. This day you need to recall the very places God has called you and to the very purpose of your calling.

It is so easy to get busy and to forget what you have been called to do. It is even easier to make excuses as to why you are not presently able to do what God has called you to do. It’s time to again to see the land where we live as the land allotted to us by God to conquer for the Glory of God.

As a young man Jesus said, “I must be about my Father’s business.”

2 Questions:

  1. Are there things you are putting off doing?
  2. What steps will you take today to once again move forward in His plan for your life?

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