Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tuesday, December 15: Joshua 13-15, Luke 17:1-19 ~ Nathan

In our reading out of Joshua we read all about the land being allotted to the different Israelite tribes. The people got their allotted land honestly by lot, and went and settled in. God is the one who decided where each tribe should settle.

Wherever we are settled, or placed, we should act and know that God placed us there. Are we happy with where we live?  Often we (myself included) complain about where we live, but God has placed us here. When we look at it that way it feels foolish to complain. God knows better than us what's best for us.

In Luke 17:1-2 we read about tempting others to sin.
"Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. [2] It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble"

Do I cause others to sin?  I'm thinking of my children,  do I let them watch things on TV that they shouldn't and that may temp them to sin? Do I let them talk like or listen to things that are inappropriate? Do I make it sound like it's OK by not saying anything?

This is a good reminder to stay vigilant and pay attention to my own actions,  as well as those that are looking up to me. I pray for help in this.


Conrad said...

The first verses in our NT reading stood out to me too. Causing someone to fall to temptation because of our actions is a hard one. I have to be careful because something that may not tempt me and cause me to sin can still be someone else's weak area in their life, and vise versa.

TammyIsBlessed said...

Good thoughts about being content where God has placed us.

The same NT verses stood to me. Along with the ones about being willing to forgive.

TammyIsBlessed said...

I also noticed how Joshua and Caleb didn't just retire when they hit 85. There is no retirement from service to God.

Pamela said...

I had never thought of the allotment of land as a demonstration of being content where God places us. Great point. I also think about what I allow my kids to watch and whether it builds up an acceptance for sin.