We hear this passage often as an example to search the Scriptures. This time, when I read it, I noticed their “readiness of mind.” They were teachable but also wise in the Scriptures. Today, we have many unteachable hearers who don’t go to the Scriptures to define truth. May we never be guilty of this!
The power of God and His Word. Do we trust that power? Or, when ministering to others, do we take the place of God and His Word—others cannot grow in the Lord unless we’re there?
“Ye have not left your brethren these many days unto this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of the LORD your God. And now the LORD your God hath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and get you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side Jordan.” (Joshua 22:3-4)
When I’m tempted to think, “My time is being used by someone else,” I should remember these tribes. They left their wives and children home while they went with Israel for years, fighting, and likely some of them getting killed. Yet, in due time, God rewarded their faithful service.