Day 90

Today’s Reading – Judges Chapters 3-5
So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.  Judges 3:11
Until . . .

That is the cycle we are now in . . . until . . .

Until what?

We had it so good until we forgot why . . .

and then we did things our way . . .

Until Othniel . . . but then . . .
big_thumbUntil Ehud . . . but then . . .

Until Deborah . . . but then . . .

Until . . .

Get used to it we are stuck in this cycle.

It takes some pretty rough and tumble, get the job done, leaders to gain the attention of these folks.

You would think they would have learned by now.

Then again you would think we would have learned by now and yet here we are living in our own world of sin and rebellion. Perhaps we need our own Canaanites pounding on our doors to wake us up and realize that God’s way is the best.

That would work for a while, but then . . .

Until tomorrow . . .

Tomorrow’s Reading: Judges Chapters 6-9

Day 89

Today’s Reading – Judges Chapters 1-2
After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what He had done for Israel.   Judges 2:10 NIV
There has been lot written about today’s younger generation – not much of it good.
The_Younger_Generation_posterAfter reading this passage today, I am convinced that Gen Y is not a new phenomenon.

Consider that Gen Y has been identified by the following stats:

– 40% of this group have turned away from Christianity

– 50% of this group consider themselves Atheist or Agnostic

As a matter of fact as we continue to read the Old Testament, we will discover that this type of generation keeps popping up.

Perhaps the reason lies in the passage highlighted today: another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what He had done for Israel

Instead of passing judgement on the current generation, perhaps we need to look in the mirror?

How does a generation grow up not knowing about God?

It does so because the previous generation forgot to teach about all that God has done.

We (you, me, and the church) have failed a generation. We have not been able to articulate the message of God’s grace in our lives. We have failed in word and in action.

We can be thankful for the few that have not forgotten. We can be thankful for the few within Gen Y that hold to this faith and are willing to tell others about the faith that they have discovered.

The question remains: Will we help them share the message of God’s grace or will we get in the way and complain about their methods?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Judges Chapters 3-5

Day 88

Day 88 Reading – Joshua Chapters 22-24

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And when the Israelites heard that they had built the altar on the border of Canaan at Geliloth near the Jordan on the Israelite side, the whole assembly of Israel gathered at Shiloh to go to war against them.
JOSHUA 22:11-12 NIV

We should be able to identify with this story.  How often we rush to judgement based on what we have seen or heard.  Let it be said that facts should never get in the way of an opinion.

The Israelites didn’t have the facts.  They thought their brothers were rebelling against God. The facts were anything but that.

Calmer heads prevail and before war there is a coming together.

There is an open dialogue.

There is understanding.

We are still trying to learn the lesson . . .

Slow down

Get your facts straight

Don’t rush to judgement

Is there someone or something in your life that needs a second look?

Be careful the conclusions you draw when all the facts are not known.

 

Day 89 Reading – Judges Chapters 1-2

Day 87

Day 87 Reading – Joshua Chapters 19-21

 

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When they had finished dividing the land into its allotted portions, the Israelites gave Joshua son of Nun an inheritance among them, as the LORD had commanded. They gave him the town he asked for—Timnath Serah in the hill country of Ephraim. And he built up the town and settled there. These are the territories that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel assigned by lot at Shiloh in the presence of the LORD at the entrance to the tent of meeting. And so they finished dividing the land.   Joshua 19:49-51 NIV

A great lesson in humility and leadership.

Joshua is the last to receive his inheritance.

By rights, for all that he had done in leading the people, he should have had first choice of the land.

Instead he is last.

The one request that Joshua does make is granted, but even this request is a humble one.

Joshua doesn’t ask for the greatest of towns. This town is is not even the best town among those towns given to his tribe. This town was very much one of the least.

More is revealed about the character of Joshua with what he does with this town – he builds it up. Take that in contrast with the other tribal leaders who complain about their inheritance and complain about the work needed to build their cities and their land.

Joshua is a stark contrast to so many of today’s leaders.

Joshua’s humility and his desire to do the work needed still serve as great reminders of what is needed from one who will be called a great leader.

So how would others describe your leadership?

 

Day 88 Reading – Joshua Chapters 22-24

Day 86

Day 86 Reading – Joshua Chapters 16-18

p4071842The 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.”

“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.”

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.”

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.”  Joshua 17: 14-18 NIV

The tribe of Joseph complained because the land given them wasn’t enough.
Joshua pointed out that it was enough, but it would require work.

Their response was then to say, “But we didn’t want a fixer-upper!”

Isn’t that like us?

God provides for us and we respond by saying that it isn’t enough or that it isn’t exactly what we wanted.

We tend to want God to provide as WE want and not as God provides.

We want God’s provision to come without any work required on our part.

Remember – God has provided all that you need – it just might require a little work.

So, stop complaining and get to work.

Day 87 Reading – Joshua Chapters 19-21

Day 85

Day 85 Reading – Joshua Chapters 12-15

Judah could not dislodge the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the people of Judah.  Judah 15:63 NIV

Isn’t that amazing and sad.

After all that had taken place – After all that Judah and the Israelites had witnessed – After all the lessons taught . . .

Judah could not . . .

Couldn’t or wouldn’t it?

God had delivered victory over and over, but this time JUDAH could not . . .

Couldn’t or wouldn’t it?

What might have happened if Judah had sought God’s leadership instead of trying on their own? Apparently they still had much to learn.

What has God asked you to do?

Is your response “I couldn’t or I wouldn’t”?

Day 86 Reading – Joshua Chapters 16-18

 

Day 84

Day 84 Reading – Joshua Chapters 9-11

So Joshua took the entire land, just as the LORD had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the land had rest from war.
Joshua 11:23 NIV

I like the idea of rest from war.

I am tired of war, the rumors of war, the images of war, the speculation of war, the war on war, and war in general.

How about you?

I like the idea that when God is finished with the work He has promised that there was rest from war.

I can’t help be reminded of a future time that is promised. A time when it will come to be that there is no more war.

Until then, I will try to live with the words of St Francis, “Let there be peace, and let it begin with me.”

 

Day 85 Reading – Joshua Chapters 12-15