Day 23: Joshua 24:28-33
These are the final few verses of the entire book of Joshua.
It’s easy to look at these verses and just think; “it’s just telling us a few people have died” however on closer inspection I conclude that it is a celebration of perseverance.
The Israelites have been dismissed by Joshua to live in their inheritance. It’s a beautiful end to what’s been a rather epic journey. And then it goes on to tell us Joshua dies and note where they buried him (Verse 30) in the land of his inheritance. Nothing says “job done” quite like this. Joshua completed what God had called him to do and the fruit of it is seen in verse 31.
Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel.
There is something that rises up inside of me when I read this that challenges me to push through the distractions, the seeming chaos, the noise of my own doubt and insecurities and preserve into the fulness that God has for me. I want to live in His Inheritance, not one that I have made myself and equally I want there to be lasting fruit off the back of my life. I want to see people’s lives changed by Jesus, I want to play a part in other people’s stories.
Today maybe hasn’t quite started how you hoped but can I encourage you to keep going and to desire to live a fruitful life.
I could end there. However I also feel it’s worth concluding with the seemingly random reference in verse 32.
And Joseph’s bones, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem in the tract of land that Jacob bought for a hundred pieces of silver from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. This became the inheritance of Joseph’s descendants.
This is a fulfillment of Genesis 50: 24-25. Go and read it! This is a truly encouraging scripture that reminds me of God’s faithfulness not just to start a good work but to complete it! Joseph was buried in a land that he knew God would lead the people to although he knew he wouldn’t ever go there. He had so much faith that God would lead the people to the promised land that he requested to buried there. That’s faith!
God doesn’t always complete things in our time frame yet he looks for people who are willing to carry the vision regardless of whether they see the fruit of it or not. You may not get to see the complete work that God wants to do through our Church in your lifetime but you can lay some foundations, you can be a builder, you can play a part.
Choose to live a life today that influences tomorrow.
Ps Ed Winbow
Penrith Campus pastor