SOS Joshua

I’m called by God.  I know that more than I know anything.

I’ve been mentored by some of the best leaders of my generation.

I’ve had early success, God has blessed my efforts and the people I’ve gotten to lead.

I’m restless.  I’m ready.  I want to act.  The door allowing me to step out hasn’t opened.

How long do I have to wait?

That’s the question that has haunted my life.  I believe that God is powerful.  I believe that God can do whatever He wants.  I believe that His purposes are good and that He can accomplish anything.

I don’t always believe in this group of people around me.  They are fickle, faithless and afraid.  They are also amazing, bold, and full of life and love.  I don’t know how they can be both at the same time but somehow they are.

From the golden calf to the constant complaining this generation would actually prefer to wander in the desert, eating scraps from God’s table, instead of feasting at the banquet He has prepared for us.  We are capable of so much more, if I could just get them to see it.

He is capable of so much more, if I could just get them to believe.

Caleb shares my frustration and has little patience for this foolishness.  He’s often asked why God doesn’t leave us and start over.  I don’t have a good answer for that one.

When we returned from our initial reconnaissance the path forward was clear.   This was the land God had promised to Abraham and to us.  Either God’s word is good, or it is not.  Why are we still talking about this, years later?

I know God loves Israel and we are His own.  His power has parted the seas and His provision has kept us alive.  I just wonder if anything will ever really change.  What will they need to see or experience before they know that God is Who He claims to be?  If only they could know Him like Moses and I do, if they could experience His presence around the ark, if only they could hear His voice, things would be so different.

I am grateful for His provision.  We are fed by bread from heaven and would die without it but I secretly long for the day when He leads us to feed ourselves.  We’re training to that end, Caleb and I.  Focusing on the children and the younger men, we’re teaching them to run and to fight.  We’re teaching them moving formations and how to operate together as a team.  We’re also teaching them to pray and believe.  They’re tough and motivated.  Honestly I’m glad they’re on my side.  Not everyone sees them like I do.  Maybe we can go ahead and bring the others along later.  I honestly don’t know what God is waiting on.  With His power, we’re as ready as we ever will be.

How long do I have to wait?

Like our nation, I know that I personally am capable of more than I’m currently doing.  I would never dishonor my teacher and mentor, but I feel like God has called me to more and I’m weary of what seems like a pointless journey.  Men are blessed through my insight and organization.  They are capable of doing and being even more than they see in themselves. I see their potential through God’s eyes, and I can help push them to be even more than they ever imagined.

When will I get my chance to move?  When will I get to be in a role that makes the most of God’s plan for my life?  When will the waters part for me and deliver me to His best?

Moses is fond of saying that if you pray for patience, God will make you wait for it.  I suppose that is true enough.  I know my heart is in line with His heart.  I want what He wants more than my next breath.

I’m just tired of waiting.  God’s timing is something that is mysterious and hard for me to understand.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will be prosperous, and then you will have success.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord Your God is with you wherever you go.  (The Account of Joshua, 1)

Devotional Thought for the Day

Joshua knows and believes God. But he’s ready for Him to act, to put him in the game. Begging for Him to hurry up. Fighting the frustration that comes with waiting.  You may be waiting right now too. Has God spoken to you but nothing is happening?  Hear God’s encouragement as you read more from the book of Joshua. The next time you face an unexpected or unwanted wait, remember that it comes as no surprise to God.  He wants to teach patience and increase our faith.  He’s more interested in developing our character than He is in things running according to our plan.

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