Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have iron chariots and though they are strong, you can drive them out.” Joshua 17v 18
I want to do today what Joshua did for the people at this stage – encourage you to get on with the task God has given you, because God says – ‘You can do it!’
This is not a matter of some psychological trickery, or summoning up a mysterious ‘inner strength’; it is claiming the promises God has made. It is not your strength; it is the power of God the Holy Spirit at work in you.
In this story about the conquest of the land, Caleb had a wonderful attitude. In Joshua 14 v 12 we read that Caleb said, “Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” There you have it exactly – ‘The Lord promised ….. I will’.
We find exactly the same thing with Paul in the New Testament. He was all ready to leave Corinth, and then ‘One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.’ (Acts 18 vv 9-11) God made a promise, so Paul hung in and got on with the job.
All too often we tend to look at the problems and say ‘I can’t’. God sees the opportunities and says to you ‘You can!’
What are you facing at the moment? Are you thinking of giving up the task to which God has called you? Are there difficulties at work or at home that make you feel like opting out? Have prayer and bible reading become drudgery and you are on the point of giving them up? Are other people letting you down to the point when you thinking of giving up on them? Whatever it is, God is saying to you today ‘My grace is sufficient for you’, so keep going!
For reflection: In our consumerist society the ‘Feel Good’ factor means we tend to give up if we don’t feel good. Might that be unhelpful?
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