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REWARDED

 

Joshua 19:49 “When they finished apportioning the land for inheritance by its borders, the sons of Israel gave an inheritance in their midst to Joshua the son of Nun.”

IT PAYS TO BE FAITHFUL

Over forty years has passed since Joshua walked the land of Canaan with the other spies.  He is finally getting his reward.  Notice what the verse says – “the sons of Israel gave an inheritance in their midst to Joshua the son of Nun.” They recognized Joshua as their leader and wanted to bless him.

Don’t you think Joshua thought this day would never come?  He had been waiting and waiting.  He was probably tired of waiting.  The day has come.  He has been faithful to the Lord as Moses’ servant and now as the leader of the children of Israel.  God said, “Rest.”

TEACHING MOMENT

One thing our children today don’t seem to understand is sometimes you have to wait to get what you truly want or deserve.  Our society today seems to expect instant gratification.  They want it now.  They want it immediately.  We have to teach our children to wait.  You’ve heard the expression “Good things come to those who wait.”  Well, it’s true. And we have the most to wait for – eternal life.

The next time your child(ren) can’t wait for something, use this story about Joshua to teach them about patience.  This is not an easy task, but it is one that is so needed.  What you teach them now about patience will help them later.

Now – how about you?  Are you patient?  Are you willing to wait?  Do you believe God has a blessing for you, if you are faithful?  He wants to bless you, but sometimes that blessing is delayed.  You may not see that blessing this side of eternity, but it’s coming.

Remember, Joshua waited over forty years for what God had promised him.  All during that time he was faithful.  We never see him complain.  He just did what God asked him.  Will you?

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