“But there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes which had not yet received their inheritance. Then Joshua said to the children: “How long will you neglect to go and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers has given you?” (Joshua 18:2-3 NKJ).
The wilderness journey was almost over. They’re in a final phase to occupy the land; however, it appeared that the children of Israel were running out of steam. Seven tribes had not possessed their designated land yet. Joshua had to step up to the plate and do something about it. He knew that they have to act now. They have to go and possess the land that’s been waiting for them for forty years. And what was holding them? Were they losing their focus? Was the zeal waning? Or the slack was creeping in. Were they ready to possess the land? Forty years in the wilderness must have molded their spirit to become lethargic. It was a lesson too much to bear for Joshua.
Nevertheless, Joshua could still smell the victory and conquest, but not until the ten spies choked and feared to enter the land that flows with milk and honey. But this time was different. He would not allow any mistake; he was determined to finish the job that was started forty years ago. He needed to overcome these lingering thoughts: Did we become comfortable as transients? Did we adjust well to the wilderness and were satisfied in just enough to survive the day? Perhaps, the children of Israel were not ready yet for a new life, a new beginning in a blessed land.
This scenario reminds me of a man who lost his generation. Here’s a man who was released from penitentiary after serving time for decades. Soon as he breathed fresh air of freedom, he’s back in prison. For he said, “I have no life outside of prison walls. I don’t know what to do and what to expect in the so called “society,” I’m better off in here. This is where I belong.”
The scenarios above should not be happening in the lives of believers. We have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ and we must assimilate with these blessings. Our minds must be renewed according to the richest of His grace, and shall receive the freedom in Christ with joy. We must have a firm foundation and knowledge of our freedom from darkness. We are the children of light, and we are living in the kingdom of Christ Jesus.
In the Old Testament, people call Isaac, “You are now the blessed of the Lord” (Genesis 26:29 NKJ). His blessing was a result of God’s covenant to Abraham. This blessing is also available for every child of God in Christ Jesus. Through faith in Christ, we become sons of Abraham, “Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham” (Galatians 3:7 NKJ). Because of our faith in Christ, we then become blessed with Abraham, “So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham” (Galatians 3:9 NKJ). Abraham was so blessed spiritually, physically, materially, and of power: “Now Abraham was old, and well advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things” (Genesis 24:1 NKJ).
In Christ, we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings. However, there are believers in Christ, who let their blessings sit in vain in the heavenly places. Their blessings have been waiting for them for ages. The same question Joshua had asked applies to them, “How long you will neglect to go and possess the blessings that belong to you?” The sad part of a believer’s life is negligence. It’s either they’re not in the faith or they’re just neglectful. The bottom line is that we are supposed to be blessed in every area of our lives, “For all things are yours” (1 Corinthians 3:21 NKJ).
I wonder what Joshua would do if he’s here on earth today. Joshua for sure would not tolerate a believer who is living in a defeated life. Joshua will probably give us lessons learned for forty years in the wilderness:
First, they learned a brutal lesson of hardship, pain and suffering while serving a wicked Pharaoh. Egypt was a land of slavery and torture, and life was hell on earth there. Day after day, torment overshadows them. It was a nation of forced-labor, a land where their needs are met, but not enough to survive the day.
Second, they learned a lesson to put their trust in a living God and survive the aimless wanderings in the wilderness. It was a place where rebellions were met by the justice of God. It was a place of naught where God had shown mercy, compassion and faithfulness. It was a place where their needs are met, but just enough to survive the day.
Third, they learned a lesson to celebrate in the presence of God. They became a nation of worshippers, who worship the only true God. It was a land where their needs were met more than enough.
As a child of God, you are blessed more than enough. There’s no need for you to learn the lesson of Egypt and the lesson of wilderness. Paul’s admonishment to us believers is, “… and you are complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:10 NKJ).
If you are in Christ, then there’s no lack in Him. If you are in Christ, there’s nothing that you cannot do. If you are in Christ, then there’s no one can stand before you. The word of God declares that all principalities and power shall bow their knees and confess that Jesus is Lord. I don’t see how a child of God would ever, ever end up beaten and defeated by the enemy. It is impossible for you to be defeated, because we are complete in Him.
Stand up and take your place in the kingdom of God. You are the most powerful creation of God. You are made in the likeness of Him. He gave His Son to die for you. The very blood of God was shed, so you can enter into His presence and have fellowship with Him.
How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the blessings your God has given you?