Today’s reading is Joshua 15-16.

Joshua and Judges almost seem contradictory. Joshua is full of faithfulness and victory, whereas Judges is replete with idolatry and defeat. However, in Joshua we actually see the seeds that led to Judges. “But the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the people of Judah could not drive out…” “However, they did not drive out the Canaanites who live in Gezer, so the Canaanites have lived in the midst of Ephraim to this day but have been made to do forced labor.” Why couldn’t Israel drive out these people? Because these people were too strong for God? Of course not. Despite all of Israel’s victory during this conquest, they fell short of fully and faithfully executing God’s command. Think about it, if they had the strength to  put the folks to forced labor, they had the strength to destroy them, but they didn’t. This will come back to haunt them in Judges. We’ll see more about this in Judges, but suffice it to say now that we must never try to control what God tells us to kill, that is simply the seed of sin and slavery.

Tomorrow’s reading is Joshua 17-18.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, I can’t help but think of Othniel as a great example for us. When Caleb, the man who had demonstrated such great faith in being willing to face the Canaanites when all Israel was against him called for someone to go up against a town in his inheritance, Othniel volunteered. Why do you think he was willing to do that? Could it be because his uncle Caleb had demonstrated faith? Let me encourage you, find the people in your life whether parents, an older sibling, an aunt or uncle, an elder in the church, a good friend who have demonstrated faith and victory in their walk with the Lord. Let their example spur you on to faith and victory. You’ll be surprised what God will accomplish through you.

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