Day 86

Day 86 Reading – Joshua Chapters 16-18

p4071842The people of Joseph said to Joshua, “Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? We are a numerous people, and the LORD has blessed us abundantly.”

“If you are so numerous,” Joshua answered, “and if the hill country of Ephraim is too small for you, go up into the forest and clear land for yourselves there in the land of the Perizzites and Rephaites.”

The people of Joseph replied, “The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots fitted with iron, both those in Beth Shan and its settlements and those in the Valley of Jezreel.”

But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment 18 but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out.”  Joshua 17: 14-18 NIV

The tribe of Joseph complained because the land given them wasn’t enough.
Joshua pointed out that it was enough, but it would require work.

Their response was then to say, “But we didn’t want a fixer-upper!”

Isn’t that like us?

God provides for us and we respond by saying that it isn’t enough or that it isn’t exactly what we wanted.

We tend to want God to provide as WE want and not as God provides.

We want God’s provision to come without any work required on our part.

Remember – God has provided all that you need – it just might require a little work.

So, stop complaining and get to work.

Day 87 Reading – Joshua Chapters 19-21


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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