How Long Will You Put It Off?

In Joshua 18:3, Joshua asked the people of Israel a powerful question.

“How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you?”

The walls of Jericho had fallen (Josh 6). The city of Ai had been burned (Josh 8). The plans of Amorite and Canaanite kings hadn’t stood a chance (Josh 10). From north to south (Josh 10-11), “the land lay subdued” before the people of Israel (Josh 18:1). The LORD was fulfilling his promise to the descendants of Abraham. And yet,

There remained among the people of Israel seven tribes whose inheritance had not yet been apportioned. So Joshua said to the people of Israel, “How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you?” (Josh 18:2-3)

It was a specific question in a specific circumstance to a specific group of people, but the principle lives on. “How long will you put off claiming what the Lord has so graciously made available?”

  • Forgiveness
  • Healing
  • Cleansing
  • Reconciliation
  • A new identity
  • A transformed life
  • A sense of belonging
  • A clean conscience
  • A renewed mind
  • Peace with the past
  • Purpose in the present
  • Hope for the future

Your heavenly Father has graciously made these blessings and more available to you through Jesus Christ. Are you putting them off today, failing to claim them by faith and submissively apply them? If so, why? Miss these, and you miss everything.

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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