Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 15 - Joshua 14

Today's reading in our daily plan is Joshua 14. 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 is a continuation of the previous chapter's specifications about how the land should be divided among different groups.
  • A leader named Caleb asks Joshua for land that Moses had, forty-five years earlier, promised would be Caleb's. (Moses was Joshua's predecessor, and in that time's patriarchy the promises of a forefather like Moses carried a lot of weight.) Joshua grants Caleb this request.
  • It's worth noting that Caleb is 85 years old and Joshua is at least 90. This makes Caleb's rally cry in verse 11 ("I'm just as vigorous to go to battle now as I was then") even more meaningful. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • God's promises come to fruition in his time, not ours. When we lose motivation, or feel like God is not coming through for us, we need to trust that he has a grander plan in mind. Sometimes his plan might come to fruition in 45 minutes -- other times it might take 45 years, as it did for Caleb. Regardless of how long it takes, we need to stay faithful to God and continue to grow our relationship with him. 

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

  • Have you been frustrated with God because you feel like he isn't answering your prayers? Take time today to tell him how you're really feeling. God loves it when we are authentic with him.
  • Don't stop there. Commit to trust that he has a bigger and better plan for you, and plan that will bring him more glory than the plan you may have in mind. Ask God to guide you and give you patience to prefer his timing more than your own.