Today I’m sharing a teaching for First 5 from Joshua 13. Here’s a preview . . .
Today’s Reading: Joshua 13:1-7
Joshua 13:1 (ESV) “Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the LORD said to him, ‘You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.'”
I have a love-hate relationship with to-do lists. I love the sense of accomplishment that comes from checking tasks off my list, but I feel defeated when I realize I didn’t get anything done. Sometimes I have to cross out “Monday” from the top and replace it with “Tuesday.” Many days, there aren’t enough hours to get it all done, and some days, there aren’t enough hours to get even one thing done.
In today’s passage, God pointed out that Joshua was “old and advanced in years” (Joshua 13:1). This reality creates tension in the story because there was still “very much land to possess” (Joshua 13:1). As we read about the regions that still needed to be conquered, we might start to get nervous. Will Joshua be able to finish the job in the time he has left?
We find the answer in Joshua 13:6b-c, where God said: “I myself will drive them out from before the people of Israel. Only allot the land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have commanded you.” Joshua had his marching orders from the Lord, and they didn’t include fretting over how much still needed to be done.
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