Not doing what you’re supposed to

“But Manasseh did not drive out the people of Beth Shan or Taanach or Dor or Ibleam or Megiddo and their surrounding settlements, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that land.”  Judges 1:27.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Judges 1-3 and 1 Corinthians 12.

Joshua is now gone, and the Israelites had been given the land that was to be theirs.  Their assignment is to drive those who are living in the land out.

Some did, while others, like Manasseh, didn’t.

Why wouldn’t the tribe of Manasseh take the land that was given to them?  I think that the end of today’s verse explains it: “The Canaanites were determined to live in that land.”

The tribe of Manasseh folks was afraid of the Canaanites.

Recall Caleb saying that he didn’t care about the quality of the residents on the land he was given.  He knew that with God’s help he could drive them out.

No such attitude with the tribe of Manasseh.  To them the enemy was big, and God was small.  Sad.

How often do I downsize God?  When I am anxious, it means that something or someone other than God has been over-sized by me.  My reaction betrays me as a God-limiting person.

There is nothing that God is overwhelmed by.  Period!  There are “giants” in my land but not in the eyes of God and they shouldn’t be in my eyes either.  God has promised to be with those who trust Him.  That promise is certain.  I can live like it is true…..because it is!

“Lord, You are great and I am often a coward.  I fear because I over-estimate something or someone in my midst.  Foolish me!  Godless me!  You are my strength.  You are my deliverer as well as my comforter.  Everything is covered.  I love You, Lord.”

I must NOT downsize God.  He is bigger than anything out there.

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