So Joshua said to the Israelites, "How long will you be slack about going in and taking possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you?" Joshua 18: 3 NRSV
Okay, let's have a show of hands of all of you out there who have at least one gift card that you have yet to go and spend. I am thinking that pretty much all of us raised our hand. And I would also guess that we have each had a gift card expire on us because we had not used it.
Why is that?
If we are given cash, I don't think we would let it sit around for years before we used it!
Are we too lazy? Do we really not like receiving gifts?
Perhaps, like the Israelites, we are being slack. Or is it being slackers?
In any event, their were seven tribes left and the land lay subdued before them. God had given the land into their hands - they had seen this happen with their own eyes and knew it to be true. Yet, they all sat around waiting for the expiration date to come around. Joshua has to get them moving to accept God's gift.
What gift has God given to you that you are letting expire? Perhaps it is the day to get it off the shelf and use it.
God, you give us many good gifts and we seem to be pretty lazy about using them. Forgive us, God, and help us to use these gifts. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims