When your job is too hard…

Joshua had a job that would have made it hard to juggle the demands of work and family.

Here is the short version of his job description:

  1. Meditate on the ‘Book of the Law’ (the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) day and night.
  2. Do everything you learn from number 1.
  3. Be Commander in Chief for the army of Israel. Well, actually, second in command. Since God either sends an angel or the pre-incarnate Christ (Joshua 5:13-15) to fill that role.
  4. Take possession of the land of Canaan, which – by the way – is inhabited by someone else.
  5. Make sure not a single soldier keeps the spoils of battle for himself.
  6. Make sure not a single non-Israelite remains in the land.
  7. Divide the land among the tribes of Israel.
  8. Make sure the Levitical priests are provided for properly.
  9. Rally Israel’s leaders so that Israel would not squander all the blessings God had given them once he died.

(Number 9 didn’t work.)

Joshua died, having seen God keep every promise to the people of Israel.

Joshua died, and the people served the Lord until his last day.

And they buried Joshua.

And the people served the Lord all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, because all these elders had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel.

And they buried all those elders.

And the rest of that generation died.

And they buried them.

‘And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the Lord to anger’ (Judges 2:10-12).

One generation. God worked for centuries, and the people blew it in one generation.

You thought your job was tough.

Take a look at what was in Joshua’s control.

Now take a look at what wasn’t.

What’s in your control? What isn’t?

It’s important to know both. To claim responsibility where needed. To cede responsibility where needed.

You can’t control your past.

You can’t control what happens when your heart is no longer beating.

You have today. What is God calling you to today?

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