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Joshua 14 [Read]
Joshua 15 [Read]
Luke 4:33-44 [Read]
A parable was told about Satan and his three demons. Satan was looking for an effective strategy to lure more people into his evil kingdom, and the three demons were eager to submit their proposals. The first one said: “I will tell them there is no heaven”. Satan rejected him because “everyone knows the heaven exists”. The second one said: “I will tell them there is no hell”. But Satan rejected again because “everyone experienced hell even on earth”. Finally, the third one spoke with a devious smile: “I will tell them there is no hurry”. Satan was delighted: “well said my child. Now go and bring me more souls”.
Starting from chapter 13, God told Joshua to go ahead and assign the allotment of land to the tribes of Israel. The major battles had been won, and many kings of Canaan had been destroyed (Jos 12). Joshua was getting old and he could not continue to lead the people, but there was still land to be taken (13:1). God told him to leave those battles to the individual tribes, and God would drive them out for the Israelites (13:6).
Immediately, we saw Caleb, the one who followed the LORD wholeheartedly (14:9), came forward to claim the land promised to him 45 years ago. He waited patiently for this moment, and his strength was still the same as before. Even though the town of Hebron was occupied by the Anakites, who terrified Israel people 45 years ago, Caleb gladly took the allotment and went for the battle. As a result, he successfully drove out those enemies with God’s help (15:14). On the other hand, the last verse of today’s reading (15:63) showed that Jebusites were not driven out by Israelites, and they remained in Jerusalem with the people of Judah. This was clearly against the commandment of God.
Such contrast made me reflect on my way of following the Lord. Do I always wait patiently like Caleb for Lord’s timing and act swiftly and courageously like Caleb when God says “Go!”? Or do I procrastinate like the people of Judah and fall into Satan’s trap of “there is no hurry”? The end results usually show. If you are being entangled by procrastination like I am, let today’s reading be a wakeup call for us.
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