Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Devotional

BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE!

Rev. Jeffery B. Cooper II

Joshua 13:1

Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, You are old and stricken in years, and there remains yet very much land to be possessed.

I am often intrigued by television infomercials and the various strategies they employ to persuade us to purchase certain items. One tactic I find particularly intriguing is when, after recounting all the wonderful qualities of a product, the announcer emphatically shouts, “But wait…there’s more!” It suggests that if you thought the product was good before, you will be thrilled with what is yet to be revealed.

In the above passage, God reminds Joshua that while the Israelites had entered the land of Canaan, they only possessed a portion of the land which God had promised them. There was still “very much land” that remained. In essence, God was reminding Joshua that there was “more” which He desired for His people. Too often we experience only a small portion of the blessing God desires to bestow upon our lives. We settle for good enough when God desires to give us more than enough. We forfeit many of God’s promises because we stop too soon, we get tired, we become discouraged, or we simply feel comfortable with well enough. As a result, we experience less than God’s fully intended blessings in our lives. We justify complacency with words such as humility, moderation, and contentment. And while these are noble and just values, they often mask an underlying sentiment of self-satisfaction. But this text reminds us that there is much more that God wants to do in and through our lives.

Thus God urges Joshua, in his old age, to continue the mission, to conquer the remaining lands, and to experience the fullness of God’s blessings and promise. He instructs Joshua first, however, to divide the land among the various tribes of Israel. This act of dividing the land, prior to conquering the land, demonstrates the type of faith necessary for experiencing the fullness of God’s blessings. Although the process would require many battles and conflicts, God reassures Joshua that He would drive out the lands inhabitants and give the land to Israel as an inheritance. We too must have faith in God’s ability to do more in our lives than we can ask or imagine. Sure, getting there won’t necessarily be fast or easy, but it will always be worth it. Then we can move from Joshua 13:1 to Joshua 21:43, “Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there.” Pray today that God will reveal the more He has in store for your life. Commit yourself to walking in the fullness of His will for your life. When we yield our minds, bodies, and souls to God’s full and perfect will, we can rest assured that God will fulfill his promises. Whether you are at the apex of your life or find yourself in a valley moment, whether you are young or old, rich or poor, no matter your station in life, God has MORE in store for you! More joy, more peace, more victory, more opportunity, and more blessings are waiting for you. There is still “very much” MORE yet in store for you!