• William T. Howe Ph.D.

February 24, 2021

Daily Reading: Numbers 31-32

Numbers 32:39

And the children of Machir the son of Manasseh went to Gilead, and took it, and dispossessed the Amorite which was in it.

Machir took Gilead, Jair took the small towns thereof, Nobah took Kenath and the villages thereof. These took the portion of the promise land by dispossessing the inhabitants thereof. Yes, God gave them the land, but they had to take it. In the taking of it, God gave it to them. In other words, God gave them the land, but they had to take it. There is a lesson here for Christianity today. God is willing, it is God's will to give us great things, but we must take those things by dispossessing the inhabitants thereof.

For example, Philippians 4:7 states: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. This verse tells us that the peace of God is possible. The peace in our hearts and minds that passes all human comprehension can be obtained. But how? We have to take it by dispossessing some things from our mind. How? Philippians 4:6 tells us how: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. That's how. To have the peace of God we take that peace through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, casting out the things that rob peace.

God gave the Israelites the promise land, but they had to take it. The ten spies refused to do this because they did not believe they could. They were looking at their weaknesses instead of depending upon God's strength. However two of the twelve spies, Caleb and Joshua, believed that the Lord would give them the land if they would go up and take it. These two did enter the land, yet they had to wander with Israel for forty years in the wilderness, all the time enduring the difficulties of others disbelief.

The writer of Hebrews said it like this: Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief (Hebrews 4:11). Of a truth, salvation of our soul is not obtained through labor, but entering into the promises of God through Christ in this life is. We must take it, take them. Machir did, Jair did, Nobah did, Caleb did, Joshua did, and you can too. Take that which God has given you by dispossessing the inhabitants of negative thinking, unforgiveness, unfaithfulness, lack of praise, unthankfulness, absence of grace, forgetting mercy, poor character, negligence, forgetfulness, deficits of love and other numerous like-minded things. For these things are giants in the land with which we must contend.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today!

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