Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 15:20-17:18
“It’s too hard, Nana.” “I can’t do it!” How many times have I heard one of my grandchildren say these words.
Forget the kids, how many times have I said these words?
“It’s too hard!”
“I can’t do it!”
“I can’t live like this.”
“I’ll never get this debt paid off!”
“This marriage isn’t going to work!”
“It’s just too much to ask.”
The descendants of Joseph responded, “It’s true that the hill country is not large enough for us. But all the Canaanites in the lowlands have iron chariots, both those in Beth-shan and its surrounding settlements and those in the valley of Jezreel. They are too strong for us.” –Joshua 17:16
The descendants of Joseph were complaining that they needed more land because there were so many of them, but they didn’t want to have to work and fight to win the land.
Then Joshua said to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, the descendants of Joseph, “Since you are so large and strong, you will be given more than one portion. The forests of the hill country will be yours as well. Clear as much of the land as you wish, and take possession of its farthest corners. And you will drive out the Canaanites from the valleys, too, even though they are strong and have iron chariots.” –Joshua 17:17-18
Sometimes we need to say to our children, grandchildren and ourselves, “I don’t care how much you whine or complain, you can and will do it!”
Friends, let’s be careful when another friend says, “I can’t do it; it’s too hard.” The easiest thing to say is, “You’re right, it is hard. Don’t worry about it!
Let’s be a real friend and say, “No, you can and you will do it!”
If you are tempted to quit today, here’s my advice: “Don’t quit, don’t give up–You can do it.
For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength. –Philippians 4:13
Heavenly Father, it’s normal to be a quitter these days, but You have not called us to be normal. Help us to see that finishing what we start is the right thing to do. It sets us apart. It speaks louder than words. It’s shows our character. Not giving up could be our greatest witness in these troubled times! Jesus, give us supernatural strength and determination to finish what we start!
Heavenly Father, use us for Your Glory today!
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 18:1-19:48