Scripture: Joshua 22.
Joshua 22:11-13 (NLT)
11 The rest of Israel heard that the people of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had built an altar at Geliloth at the edge of the land of Canaan, on the west side of the Jordan River.
12 So the whole community of Israel gathered at Shiloh and prepared to go to war against them.
13 First, however, they sent a delegation led by Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, to talk with the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)
God’s Word is truly a book from which we can not only learn about God’s powerful hand at work in many visible ways, but it also provides insight and direction to us on how to deal with the daily struggles and challenges of everyday life as we know it today. We are so easily misunderstood at times, and of course we easily misunderstand others. We can see in this short chapter today that the actions of the people of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh we clearly misunderstood, but it took actions on the part of the other tribes who were about to bring war on them, to abort their mission to destroy them. Had it not been for the actions in verse 13, a total misunderstanding could have caused a lot of death and destruction among tribes of the same nation. I have seen this so prevalent in personal scenarios recently where, if I would have acted on first impressions or on what it appeared to me was happening, I would have really caused unnecessary conflict between myself and other parties. Imagine what conflicts would be aborted in our churches and among Christians, if we use the process taught in verse 13? I wonder if we don’t go to God’s Word looking for support of our stupid arguments, instead of going to The Book looking for examples and ways to resolve the arguments and bring peace? Evidence of the difference between these two scenarios are evident in this chapter today. Now, if only we can commit ourselves to looking for peace rather than strife! If only we can talk about it!
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)
Lord Jesus, You have proven Your love for us, even when we were unlovable. You show so much love for us today, even when we show no regard towards being a true example of You in our everyday lives. Please work in my life to be more like You in every way. Please work in the lives of those that may meditate on this word today so that they may see the value in following Your will and Your way. I believe that the unsaved world is looking for genuine examples of You in the lives of those that call themselves ‘Christian’. Please forgive me for the times I have misrepresented You, and please give me strength and guidance to be more like You in my daily life so that the unsaved world around me may be impacted in a very positive way.
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