Daily Devotional

DESIRE

“So Joshua answered them, “If you are a great people, then go up to the forest country and clear a place for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and the giants, since the mountains of Ephraim are too confined for you.” Joshua 17:15

 

 

 

The text before us was Joshua’s response to the query of the children of Joseph concerning their inheritance. The preceding verse registers the complaint this way: “Then the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, “Why have you given us only one  lot and one share to inherit, since we are  a great people, inasmuch as the Lord has blessed us until now?” In effect, they felt they deserved to have more land to take care of their large population. Joshua did not argue with them, he only told them what to do to enjoy more. They were to take up their equipment and clear more land for themselves. In other words, Joshua told them to assume responsibility for the extra space they were looking for.

 

To desire more in life is to be ready to give more. The world is structured in such a way that it gives to you what you put into it. It is more like the law of sowing and reaping. What a man sows is what he reaps; you cannot circumvent the law of nature. It is only a lazy man that desires a better life but is not ready to work to make it happen. Desire without correspondent pursuit is nothing but a daydream. If you are not willing to work for your desires, you will only have haunting memories of what could have been. The worst-case scenario is diving into a life of crime. You cannot be an innocent person if you are not ready to work cleanly for what you desire.

 

FURTHER STUDY: PROVERBS 21:16-26

PRAYER: Father, strengthen me to pursue the honest desires of my heart.