Today’s Reading: Joshua 11-13
Today’s Reflection: Joshua 13:6-7
6) “all the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, even all the Sidonians. I myself will drive them out from before the people of Israel. Only allot the land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have commanded you. 7) Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance to the nine tribes and half the tribe of Manasseh.”
In Joshua chapters 12 and 13, there is a record of Israel’s success in the Promised Land thus far. Chapter 12 lists the lands defeated under Moses leadership and those defeated under Joshua’s. The first few versus of Joshua 13 chronicle the lands of Canaan yet to be conquered by Israel, and ends with this curious instruction: to begin dividing up all the land among the tribes living on that side of the Jordan, even though they did not possess it yet. This may have seemed premature or even over confident. We are taught never to count our chickens before they are hatched, however God’s word is never to be doubted. Despite the battles ahead of them, because God proclaimed the land would be theirs the people believed it and did as asked. Israel acted as though Canaan was already completely theirs.
We may find ourselves in circumstances where God promises something to us and asks us to behave as though that promise has been fulfilled, even when it hasn’t yet. This isn’t wishful thinking. This is the essence of faith, the substance of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). If we truly believe, our actions will follow that belief.
Regardless of circumstances, when God promises you ‘It’s Yours’, believe it, receive it, and act on it.