Allowing God COMPLETE ownership over our lives
March 9 Bible Reading: Joshua Chapters 16-18
The twelve tribes of Israel received the Promised Land as their inheritance, which was divided among them according to God’s plan administered through Joshua. "Then Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the Lord, and there Joshua divided the land to the children of Israel according to their divisions" (Josh 18:10). However, we read again and again that the Israelites could not exercise full dominion over the land as the new owners, and drive out the Canaanite inhabitants from the land property. With each of the tribes of Israel, the same sad story was repeated again and again (Josh 13:13; 15:63; 16:10; 17:12). Even though they were convinced that they were a great people due to God’s blessings, they feared the strength of the Canaanites and their weaponry like iron chariots (Josh 17:14-18) and were not brave enough to drive out the enemy from their territory. Sadly, due to this compromise they slowly drifted away from God’s laws, intermingled with the heathen and adopted their religious practices including worshipping idols which ultimately brought their destruction.
It is the will of God that we, as God’s children, should be aware of our rights, privileges and responsibilities. The writer of the book of Hebrews reminds us: But one testified in a certain place, saying: "What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet." For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. (Heb 2:6-8).
Our Lord Jesus Christ is a type of Joshua, who has not only conquered the gates of hell for us but has opened to us the gates of heaven, and having purchased for us the eternal inheritance so that we should take possession of it by faith and trust in Him. It was God’s plan from the very beginning of creation that man should have dominion (Gen 1:27-28). However, since Satan has usurped our godly inheritance, God wants us to recapture the dominion that man held from the very beginning. This is only possible when we allow God to have complete ownership over our lives.