scripture reflection

Submitted by Kathy Nolt, TTWM

But there remained seven tribes who had not yet been allotted their grants of land. Then Joshua asked them, ‘How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land the LORD, the God of your ancestors, has given to you? Select three men from each tribe, and I will send them out to explore the land and map it out. They will then return to me with a written report of their proposed divisions of their new homeland. Let them divide the land into seven sections, excluding Judah’s territory in the south and Joseph’s territory in the north. And when you record the seven divisions of the land and bring them to me, I will cast sacred lots in the presence of the LORD our God to assign land to each tribe.’
— Joshua 18:2-6

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.