Odd Exceptions

God’s Story For Your Life

Odd Exceptions
Read Joshua
But the descendants of Manasseh were unable to
occupy these towns. They could
not drive out the Canaanites who continued to
live there. Later, however, when
the Israelites became strong enough, they
forced the Canaanites to work as
slaves. But they did not drive them out of
the land.

The descendants of Joseph came to Joshua and asked, “Why have
you given us
only one portion of land as our homeland when the LORD has
blessed us with so
many people?”

Joshua replied, “If there are so many
of you, and if the hill country of
Ephraim is not large enough for you, clear
out land for yourselves in the
forest where the Perizzites and Rephaites
live.” / (Joshua 17:12-15)

Notice the difference
between Caleb and the two tribes of Joseph. They had two
very different
attitudes toward settling the Promised Land: Caleb took what
God gave him and
moved ahead to fulfill God’s plan for him (Joshua 14:12). He
believed that God would help him drive out the wicked inhabitants
and that he
would soon fully occupy his land (Joshua 15:14-15).

In contrast, the two
tribes of Joseph were given rich land and lots of it, but
they were afraid to
drive out the inhabitants and take full possession of it.
Instead they begged
for more land. In response, Joshua asked them to prove
their sincerity first
by clearing the unclaimed forest areas. They agreed, but
they failed to carry
through (Judges 1:27).

Both Caleb and the two tribes had significant
obstacles to possessing the land
God had promised to them. Just because God
promised it didn’t mean it would be
easy. They all still had to trust God and
take action in that faith.

Do you feel God has
called you to somewhere or something? Are you facing
obstacles as you pursue
it? Continue listening for God’s leading. Prayer to
him about them. If you
still feel a confidence in God’s calling and others are
affirming your
pursuits, God may be asking you to go forward like Caleb. The
you’re facing may refine the faith you have right now and make it
more sure
as you move into the future. What’s the next step for you?

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