putting faith into action

 “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you? Appoint three men from each tribe. I will send them out to make a survey of the land.” – Joshua 18:3-4

Joshua seemed impatient, even exasperated. Several tribes had taken possession of the land they had been promised, but others had not acted yet. Why had they failed to claim their inheritance? What was preventing them from experiencing victory? Perhaps they were overwhelmed by the size of the challenge or discouraged by the obstacles they faced. They may have felt inadequate as if they did not have enough resources. They may have lacked confidence. Perhaps they were waiting for a breakthrough or development. They may have been hoping that the challenge would become easier or that their adversaries might give up. Or they simply did not have faith in God. Joshua told them that the time had come to lay aside their excuses and put their faith into action. They needed to move forward and take possession of the land God had given them. Think about the parallels in your life. God has given you exceedingly great promises. He had promised to bless and protect you, to give you victory in every area. You may be waiting, afraid, or feel inadequate or unsure of yourself. The obstacles may seem overwhelming. These are times to be like Joshua, believing God’s promises, banishing fear and doubt, and boldly taking action. Today, ask God to help you move forward. Trust Him. Put your faith into action. Don’t wait any longer. Believe Him for victory.

Read: Joshua 18

INITIATIVE

“Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.” – Joshua 14:9

Many Israelites failed to receive God’s promises. They saw giants in the land and didn’t believe He would give them victory. But Caleb received what God had promised. Why? Because he believed in God. Others had the same opportunities, but only Caleb (and Joshua) fully put belief into action. However, Caleb did not just receive any land. The degree to which he was blessed was in direct proportion to his personal initiative. Years earlier, Moses told him that if he put his feet down in a few places, he would receive a small inheritance. If he put his feet in more places, he would receive a greater inheritance. The choice was up to him. Caleb believed in God for an abundant blessing, and God blessed him abundantly. This provides an example for us. The Bible tells us that God blesses and rewards us in part based on our initiative. If He gives us an assignment, we have choices to make. Will we do as little as possible, or give everything we have? Will we be intimidated by opposition? Are we prepared to believe Him just a little or believe Him for great things! Today, ask God to help you walk by faith. Believe Him in every situation. Don’t be crippled by fear or allow doubt to keep you from experiencing the blessings He has prepared for you. Stand on His Word. Be bold. Move forward in faith!

Read: Joshua 14