(Joshua Chapter 13)
As Chapter 13 starts it seems like maybe God is telling Joshua it's time for him to retire. "You've had a good, long life, but there is a lot of land still to be taken." At first glance, it's as if God is trying to let Joshua off easy, with a young executive waiting in the wings to take his place.
But shortly after the Lord describes the territory left to be taken, a promise is made that will keep Joshua on the scene. "I myself will drive them out before the People of Israel. All you have to do is allot this land to Israel as an inheritance, as I have instructed you."
The last four words...the ones I added bold and italics too?
That's the point that we often miss.
(*36) In our weakness, He is strong.
His instructions to trust his ability are wiser than anything we could think, say, or do.
We see old age. God sees the perfect opportunity to work through us. We see lack. God sees the perfect moment to provide. We see a lack of education. God sees it as the perfect time to put the words that need to be spoken on our hearts so they come off our lips.
Can you see the trend?
When God is the only one that can move the boundary, He is the only one who can receive the glory.
So the next time the task seems to large, remember where your strength comes from.
"I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.
He won’t let you stumble, your Guardian God won’t fall asleep. Not on your life! Israel’s Guardian will never doze or sleep.
God’s your Guardian, right at your side to protect you— Shielding you from sunstroke, sheltering you from moonstroke.
God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life. He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always."
The moment we realize that what we see as a limitation God sees as an opportunity, our life starts to shift. We don't try to run from those moments, as much as we start to see the value in sitting in them and being still.
(36) In our weakness, He is strong.
36. What area(s) in our life does it seem like we have no strength left? Have we asked God to fight for us? Are we willing to see our limitation(s) as God's opportunity? Do we value resting in his presence? Do we trust that there is a bigger picture we may not be able to see today, that if we remain obedient and dependent on and to Him, it will all work out?
*Practice patience today. Sit. Allow the quiteness around you, to become a platform for God to do his greatest works through you. And when it's all said and done, point the praise back to the source.
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Brett W. Gould
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