March 27, 2017. Joshua 16-18.
In these next 3 chapters of Joshua, the allotment of land is continuing to unfold. With each portion of land given as an inheritance, God’s blessing on His people is being shown.
In Chapter 17 however, the tribes of Joseph are less than thrilled with their inherited land situation. They complain that the land is not enough for all their people and that the current inhabitants haven’t exactly rolled out their welcome mats for them.
16 The people of Joseph replied, “The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots fitted with iron, both those in Beth Shan and its settlements and those in the Valley of Jezreel.”
Joshua assesses the situation and gives the following response:
17 But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment 18 but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out.”
God had always intended for the tribes of Joseph to inherit these particular lands, but that did not mean that He was just going to serve it to them on a silver platter. Have you ever found yourself just waiting; sitting around, doing nothing, but waiting on a blessing from God that will help deliver you out of your circumstance? Fortunately for us, that’s not how God works. You see, He loves us enough to take care of us but also (like any good parent) He teaches us how to be servants, and co-laborers. Throughout scriptures the Lord uses physical experiences to teach spiritual truths.
If you can’t be bothered to work hard and strive for success in your personal life, how do you expect to be a servant of God, working on completing the Great Commission? You’ve have undoubtedly heard the phrase “There is your part, their part, and God’s part.” Guess which one of those you are responsible for? Just YOUR part. Seek God’s favor, work hard in every position He has you in, and the blessings will come when the Lord sees fit. Don’t sit idly by waiting for your next inheritance, go out and do what God has called you to be doing.