Week 4 Tuesday

Dragging Our Feet

Today’s scripture selection: Joshua 16-20

Key verses: Joshua 18:3

    

     When was the last time there was something you knew you should do; perhaps you had a clear sense that God was calling you to do it – but you still weren’t doing it?  That can easily happen in our lives.

For one thing, we like to talk about answered prayer; hear dramatic stories from those who claim their prayers have been answered – but really knowing for SURE is another thing.  We think to ourselves, “Maybe I misunderstood.  There are still a lot of unanswered questions.  There are still too many obstacles in my way.  Maybe I need to think this through just a little more.  I mean, what’s the hurry?”  Sound familiar?

     Or maybe we are sure about what we are to do – but there’s just SO much to do – it’s hard to know where to start.  While we may feel led to take action in one area of our lives; there are a thousand other voices screaming at us at the same time.  “WAIT A MINUTE!  HOW ABOUT ME?  TAKE CARE OF ME FIRST!”  So what happens?  We don’t get ANYTHING done – because we are paralyzed at what to do first.

     Well, in the middle of all the details about how the Promised Land was distributed to the various tribes of ancient Israel – something like this happened to the people.  God had promised the land to them; they had fought long and hard battles to make it as far as they had; on the one hand they were celebrating God’s blessings.  On the other, some of them were stuck in neutral – and not moving forward to finish the job and really lay claim to the land.

     So Joshua, their leader, got a little exasperated.  Here’s what he had to say to them:

     “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?”

Then he gave them their marching orders – and they got the job done.

We have much to do in life, have many important decisions to make, and sometimes – it’s only natural we get stuck in neutral.  But like the people entering the Promised Land – God doesn’t want us to just think about what He has in store for us – He wants us to claim it!  So, don’t drag your feet.  Keep moving.  There are good things ahead.

 

 

     Prayer:  Father, in your goodness, you have brought me to the edge of blessing and promise.  Help me to have the strength and determination to simply claim it.  AMEN.

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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