When Grateful Turns to Hateful–Joshua 17

The people of Joseph were given adequate lands.  They , like many of us wanted more.  This was the first of the tribes to complain about the inheritance they were given.  Joshua, in  his wisdom, offered the part of the Hill Country.  They did not want it because they would have to battle Canaanites to clear it—and they were scared. What an interesting scenario.  They watched God clear the land before them.  The very land they were complaining about was cleared by God.  Yet, despite the miracles and the provision they had been a part of their entire life, they could not trust God to do his work.

In our lives, we are the same.  God provides for us, he protects us and he prepares us for the battles ahead.  Still, after all he has done, we worry, fret and complain because he is doing it his way and not our way. We have to live lives that demonstrate humility and a grateful heart–even and especially when the circumstances are not as we have planned.  It is in the times we are least secure, that we have to rely upon his promise the most.  When we complain and are not satisfied, it shows our fear and lack of trust.  He is God! His plan will work for our good and deliver us to where we need to be with what we need to live on.

God Bless You

The 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.”

15 “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.”

16 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.”

17 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.”

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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