Do You Sill Want It!
Minister Tawaunna L. Jones
Our text is dealing with the dividing of the land God promised to the children of Israel. God promised it to them when they were still in bondage. God said “He would take them to a land that was flowing with milk and honey. It would have cities that they did not build, vineyards that they did not plant and they would eat the abundance.” God now has them in the land that He promised, while they are still in bondage! God made them a promise of their inheritance while they were still in captivity, in captivity, making bricks without straw. Although they were not in what God had for them, they were still people of promise. This implies that God can give you a promise of what you are going to have and you may not be delivered from your problems!
God tells you His promise for you, to make you sick of what you are in. Sometimes, the only thing that makes you turn from what you are in is the desire for something better. You can be standing in what God promised you and not know what part is yours. Unless God shows you, you may find yourself, making your self comfortable in something that was not intended for you. Making yourself at ease, telling yourself this is all that I am suppose to have. You may start to believe that God never intended to give you what He shared with you. This may be the reason why many of us are experiencing such discomfort. We have made our selves comfortable in something that was not designed for us. As long as you are comfortable, you will never push yourself or go after what God has promised for you! You will find yourself cheer leading everybody else as they move toward their destiny. God wants to know do you still want the blessings He has promised you. Do you still want it!
In our text we have God’s people standing in the land of promise but they have not taken possession of the property. They are in the place of their inheritance but all of the land is not yet conquered. Joshua is giving them what belongs to them, but there is still some land available to who ever is willing to fight for it. You can settle for what is yours, but there is also more if you want it. There is more that you can have if you are willing to fight for it. Some of us want more than just what has our name on it. If there is more available God, I want it! You can mark it as mine! I want it!
Joshua is dividing the land between ten tribes. There are only ten tribes because two of them decided to stay on the other side before they crossed over the Jordan River. Moses agreed for them to stay only if they would fight to help their brothers to cross over into the Promised Land. It is a bad thing when you have the tendency to like the first thing you see and settle too soon. One of the tribes that stayed on the other side was the tribe of Gad. Gad was the tribe of troops. They were warriors. They were the ones that fought to keep up the Holy standard of God. Yet, they stopped short of the Promised Land. They decided that coming out of bondage was enough for them.