Saturday, February 21, 2015

February 21 - Joshua 15

Today's reading in our daily plan is Joshua 15. 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?)

  • As has been the case for the last few chapters of Joshua, in today's reading we learn about Judah's allotment of land. (Judah was a subset of the Israelite people, whom Joshua had led.) This land was given to the Israelites to fulfill a promise God made to Moses several years earlier.
  • Judah's territory outlined in this chapter was pretty expansive. It covered the width of land between the Mediterranean Sea and Dead Sea. Its northern border stopped just south of Jerusalem.
  • The area had a lot of hills and mountains, which explains the mentions of "foothills" and "hill country."

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Everything we're reading about today is the fulfillment of a promise God made many, many years earlier. The people of Judah would surely have wanted their land sooner. It's easy to become frustrated with God when he doesn't operate according to our timeline. We need to commit to trust God even when his timeline doesn't match ours.

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

  • Is there a change you've been asking God to make, only to be frustrated with his apparent lack of action? Maybe you've been praying for a friend to make a certain decision, or for a painful situation.
  • Talk to him today about how you really feel, then commit to trust him even if it means waiting days or weeks or months or years.