As a Lenten practice during this season, clergy and leaders in the church from youth to elders will be sharing their devotions.
Scripture: Joshua 13-21
Key verse: (13:7) “Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance to the nine tribes and the half-tribe of Manasseh.”
Reflection: After two tribes have been allocated land and the Levites tasked to serve the temple, Joshua is asked by God to divide the remaining land of Canaan into nine areas for the various tribes. Each territory is described and named in great detail. This chapter is all about the division of the land, similar to the way developers divide the land in Charlotte. My dad is a developer and whenever I go to his office, I always see lots of maps with little boxes dividing the land into lots. This is not a simple process and involves issues of zoning, environmental laws, setbacks, and taking neighbors into consideration. Often we only look at the finished product and do not take into consideration everything Joshua went through to divide up the Promised Land. For example, the land was already inhabited, something not to take lightly. It takes many steps to get to something perfect. In life if we only look at what we want the outcome to be, we may miss the little moments. Every step of our lives is an important factor of who we are, God’s project. This season of Lent, consider how different areas of your lives are marked, allocated, and divided. Consider all of the factors that go into these decisions and how we can best glorify God with all of our lives, moments big and little.
Prayer: Loving God, We are grateful for the little moments in our lives that make up who we are. Help us, God, to live our lives with love and compassion for others. Thank you for creating us to be your projects. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Author: Lexie Hinshaw, Elder class of 2021
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].