A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
The allotment continues for the rest of the tribes of Israel.
In the end the tribes ask Joshua to name his own price
in a sense, for the leadership he has provided and they then give him a town he has asked for, Timnath Serah in the hill country of the tribe of Ephraim facing out to sea. It would ultimately be the place of his burial.
Once again the cities of refuge come up
and they are established throughout the Land. In addition the Levites are given a share of the Land for their own and all the towns are listed.
In the end, it can be said
that the LORD gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their forefathers,
and that Not one of the all the LORD's good promises to the house of Israel failed.
This is quite a statement, and certainly an encouragement to us.
It is common for leaders, and others who carry out the lion's share
of any task to feel neglected or taken for granted unless they are recognized or rewarded in some way by those they serve.
Recognition is important
for it recreates the regard which often is submerged under a mound of activity and decision making during any project. Joshua had been led and empowered by God; he never doubted that. Yet, he was a human being who had to work hard and do his best as well.
We make a mistake when we assume
that those who serve God and are blessed by Him do not need any other acknowledgment of thanks from us.
It is important to thank God for His grace in providing good leaders
; it is also important to thank them for their hard and effective work in leading.
God keeps His promises.
That is the message of this part of Joshua. After listing all the challenges and problems faced by Israel, it can be reported that the People knew God had been with them and that He had been faithful to His Word.
Do you believe God is faithful to His Word in your life?
Do you believe that by the time you die you will be able to say, "He kept all His promises!" Ask God
to give you a greater sense of His presence, His protection and His provision for your life today. Watch to see if there are not instances in which His involvement is clear to you. Then give Him thanks as the God Who cares and is reliable.
A. Eugene Pearson 2011