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Monday, March 9, 2015

Slack: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Joshua 18

“How long will you be slack about going in and taking possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you?” Joshua 18: 3

The land was subdued. Israel gathered together at the tent of meeting. But seven tribes had still not divided their inheritance.

Overwhelmed? Insecure? No clear job description? Extreme courtesy towards each other?

Joshua first chastised them and then gave them concrete tasks to follow, “… go throughout the land, writing a description of it with a view to their inheritance.” When they returned with all the details written down in a book he cast lots for them. Boundary-by-boundary all around each one.

How often I wonder do we, do I, freeze at the possibility of a new inheritance in the Lord. Perhaps we stepped out in a blind act of faith and suddenly have a whole new recognition of God’s character, but we don’t know how to respond. Or a new responsibility has been given to us and we have no idea where to start, or how to pursue a whole new beginning. What if we can’t fulfill the call? So we become slack.

Sometimes we need to trust the words given to us in scripture and in prayer. Write them down. Look at the land and the boundaries and choose a particular lot—a concrete goal to live into. Listen carefully to the desires God places in our hearts and follow those nudges with commitment. The ones He has already given.

Psalm of Worship: Psalm 138: 3, 8

“On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”

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