March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017

JOSHUA 16-18

Focus Verse: “But the sons of Manasseh could not take possession of these cities, because the Canaanites persisted in living in that land. It came about when the sons of Israel became strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but they did not drive them out completely.”
Joshua 17:12-13

“The sons of Joseph said, ‘The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the valley land have chariots of iron, both those who are in Beth-shean and its towns and those who are in the valley of Jezreel.”’
Joshua 17:16


God warned Moses that the Israelites had to drive out the inhabitants of the land completely or there would be trouble. And guess what the tribe of Manasseh failed to do? So we have to ask ourselves, what happened? Did God change His mind and suddenly NOT want the other inhabitants out of the land? I think we all know the answer to that.


Instead we see what the sons of Manasseh start the excuse game. “Well…they have chariots of iron…”. Good for them! So did the Northern Armies in chapter 11! Were these chariots made of stronger iron? Or maybe God stopped fighting for Manasseh? I can tell you for a fact that neither of those were true.


What was true was that Manasseh took their eyes off the Lord. They let their minds try to wrap around how they were going to defeat these chariots of iron, not how the Lord had already defeated them. What had God called them to do? To clear the land completely of its inhabitants. So if God called them to that task, was He going to sit back and watch them do it themselves? Of course not!


When in all of Israel’s dealings in Egypt, in the desert, and now in the Promised Land, had God left them to do it on their own? But Manasseh had forgotten this. They lost sight of the goodness of the Lord in the midst of trouble.


How big is your God? Is He big enough to hold your attention through any trial, any storm, any problem? He will prove Himself over and over again if you’ll let him. Keep your eyes on Him!

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