Saturday, March 14, 2015

March 14 - Joshua 21

Today's reading in our daily plan is Joshua 21. 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?)

  • The Levites are a subgroup of the Israelites. In previous chapters we have read about plots of land being allotted to other groups of Israelites.  In today's reading, the Levites are given what's left -- specific towns and accompanying pasturelands. 
  • This chapter concludes with the Israelites having settled into the land. After years and years of warfare and and unrest, they are finally able to safely inhabit land they were told they would receive.
  • As mentioned in verses 43-45, this chapter was the fulfillment of promises God had made to the Israelites many decades earlier.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • For many years as they were wandering from place to place and fighting different armies, the Israelites were likely tempted to give up hope in the promises God had made decades earlier. They might have doubted God, or thought he was working against them. In the end, though, they found God to be faithful to his promises. Likewise, we need to trust God even when it's difficult to do so.

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

  • Do you find yourself losing hope in God? Is there a relationship that feels like it's falling apart, or a dream you're giving up on? Talk to God about how you're feeling. Ask him to guide you as you feel like you fight battles. Commit today to remain faithful to God and to point other people to him even when you feel like giving up.