Saturday, February 14, 2015

February 14 - Joshua 13

Today's reading in our daily plan is Joshua 13. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • This chapter begins by mentioning that Joshua has "grown old," despite the abundance of land that is yet to be taken over. Joshua likely will not live to see this land taken over (and, even if he did, his age would prevent him from physical involvement in the conquest).
  • In verse 6, it becomes clear that God will make sure this land is conquered in due time.
  • The rest of this chapter outlines chunks of land that were to be given to different groups, or tribes, of Israelites (the Israelites were led by Joshua).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • In previous chapters we have read about Joshua's prolific conquests. He successfully took tons of land from enemies, and God blessed his efforts. Even a man like Joshua, however, cannot do everything himself. The opening lines of today's reading make it clear that our lifetime is too finite to achieve a seemingly infinite amount of goals. We need to focus on doing the best with what we have and leaning on God to guide us.
  • The good news, however, is that God is much bigger and much more capable than us. Just as God says in verse 6 that he will carry out the mission long after Joshua is unable to, we can trust God to be faithful in carrying out the things he's called us to do, even if he has called us to things that are much bigger than ourselves.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • How could your life become more like Joshua's? What mission is God calling you to that seems overwhelming? Maybe you could start by looking for new ways to love God and love people. Could you spend a few more minutes reading the Bible or praying each day? Could you commit to invest in your relationship with a friend or coworker to help point them to Jesus?