Updated: May 31
Listen, Israel! Today you will cross the Jordan River to enter and take possession of nations larger and more powerful than you, along with huge cities with fortifications that reach to the sky. 2 These people are large and tall—they are the Anakim. You know and have heard what people say: “Who can stand up to the Anakim?” 3 Know right now that the Lord your God, who is crossing over before you, is an all-consuming fire! He will wipe them out! He will subdue them before you! Then you will take possession of their land, eliminating them quickly, exactly as the Lord told you.
4 Once the Lord your God has driven them out before you, don’t think to yourself, It’s because I’m righteous that the Lord brought me in to possess this land. It is instead because of these nations’ wickedness that the Lord is removing them before you. 5 You aren’t entering and taking possession of their land because you are righteous or because your heart is especially virtuous; rather, it is because these nations are wicked—that’s why the Lord your God is removing them before you, and because he wishes to establish the promise he made to your ancestors: to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Faith requires intentional mindfulness. In other words, it’s not something which just appears. It needs to be nourished and strengthened. Nothing can prevent God’s will from being fulfilled, not even our own lack of commitment or follow-through. Everything happens in God’s time.
How can “God time” affect our faith? How does it make life easier? Harder?
What is one thing you can do to be more intentional about your faith?
God, help us to remember you have created us just the way we are, with the wisdom and clarity to know that is not necessarily perfect. Remind us where we are dependent upon you. Amen.