God is faithful. When he calls his people to a task he equips them to complete it. Then in the circumstances where they are not equipped, he makes no bones about it—he will do the task himself. Such was the case as Israel had cleared the land of its enemies. Chapter 13 of Joshua enumerates the great list of areas that God and his people cleared. It is a stunning campaign. But, God reminded Joshua that as impressive as the list may have looked, it simply was not complete.
In the world of walking with God, his chosen come upon crossroads. The crossroads usually consist of choices of good and best. It is no surprise that the story begins with the phrase “When Joshua had grown old”. As warriors, as we get some miles on our tires, it becomes easier to back away from battle and grow content with what has been accomplished. Such complacency, often leads to abandoning the passion that makes the warrior great. So, God in his wisdom uses that period to develop new leaders and to complete the work the warriors have started. Warriors must remain engaged and committed to the mission, but, they also should be ready to admit–it is God and not them that carries the day.
Such humility is still vital for us in God’s mission for our lives. It really is the same humility that allows the young to win without experience. That same humility, if properly worn, allows the warrior in his prime to face battles so much greater than any human can face and it helps those who are older to trust God to complete that for which they are no longer equipped. In trusting him, we get to see his amazing grace and power all our lives. Like Israel, his grace becomes our pillar of smoke by day and pillar of fire by night. The most fin part is that as we journey on, we can consistently rely on him and never have to be anything more than what he has created and equipped us to be. What a great gift…what a great God!
God Bless You
When Joshua had grown old, the Lord said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.
2 “This is the land that remains: all the regions of the Philistines and Geshurites, 3 from the Shihor River on the east of Egypt to the territory of Ekron on the north, all of it counted as Canaanite though held by the five Philistine rulers in Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron; the territory of the Avvites 4 on the south; all the land of the Canaanites, from Arah of the Sidonians as far as Aphek and the border of the Amorites; 5 the area of Byblos; and all Lebanon to the east, from Baal Gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo Hamath.
6 “As for all the inhabitants of the mountain regions from Lebanon to Misrephoth Maim, that is, all the Sidonians, I myself will drive them out before the Israelites. Be sure to allocate this land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have instructed you, 7 and divide it as an inheritance among the nine tribes and half of the tribe of Manasseh.”