“How long will you wait?” Joshua 18:3
A theme park lifer, I don’t like to wait in lines …because most of the time, I don’t have to. Living in close proximity, and armed with a season pass, earns me that privilege. But, every once in a while, there is a ride that is so good …the wait is unavoidable. No matter how much privilege I march through those gates with, I still have to wait like everyone else.
Today’s verse is plucked out of Joshua, as the Israelites are finally coming into the land God promised them.
“So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you?” Joshua 18:3
They’ve already waited a long time. Generations worth. At this point, land was distributed specifically by God. Some tribes had to wait longer than others to realize the full scope of their inheritance. Joshua was a good leader, even in the waiting. Do we lead in complaint, or patience?
There’s a variety of reasons why it’s good to navigate common queues:
How long will we wait to drop our agendas for His? Through His Word, we discover who we always meant to be.
Father, Praise You for long lines, and what they reveal about where we are at spiritually. Thank You for Your perfect timing, and allowing us to follow Your Son’s steps to You. Forgive us for flipping out when things don’t happen in our time, and bless us with patience and endurance to go where You call us to go. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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