As I read this scripture passage several weeks ago, I was struck by the thought of these seven tribes not taking possession of their allotted land. It appears they were procrastinating taking hold of the land God had promised them. I wondered why. Why do any of us procrastinate? Sometimes it is out of fear – fear of something new. We can get so comfortable where we are at that we don’t want to go for the more that God has for us. I believe at times we can feel tired physically, emotionally or spiritually. We feel we can’t fight one more battle. We may feel overwhelmed at the task.
I like what Joshua did. First of all, he challenged them about what was taking them so long to possess the land. But he didn’t stop there, he came alongside them and gave them a game plan. I think we all at times need those people to come alongside us to challenge us and get us moving forward, moving towards our “promised land”. And sometimes we need to be that person.