“Nevertheless the children of Israel expelled not the Geshurites…but [they] dwell among the Israelites until this day” (Joshua 13:13).
Doesn’t that phrase bother you?
God has given the Israelites the Promised Land. It’s ripe for the taking. All they need to do is claim the fullness of God’s blessings and proceed in His power! As long as Joshua helped them, they would evict the enemy. Once Joshua’s age became prohibitive and he could no longer expand the people’s access to all God had given them, the people settled to abide the enemy.
My personal motto is: “Content, but never satisfied.” Humor me for a moment. Although the two words “content” and “satisfied” are often synonymous, there is a nuance of difference. “Content” is an adjective which describes one who is at ease with his current possession. If one is content, he is no longer seeking for something beyond the borders of his blessings. “Satisfied” is a verb and literally means “do enough.” In Paul’s terminology, I wish to learn “in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11). Yet is my work ever done? have I ever done enough to evict the enemies from my God-given blessings? Have I finished my course for the cause of Christ? No, not until I breathe my final breath on this earth will I be satisfied or have done enough.
Caleb approaches Joshua and requests, “Give me this mountain…for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said” (Joshua 14:12). Caleb was one, at the age of 85, who remembered God’s promise to him through Moses and he claimed his rightful inheritance within the parameters of God’s blessing. To go beyond the borders of the Promised Land would have been discontent. To settle with the enemy feasting on your blessings is the sin of complacency. “To be content but never satisfied,” should have been the Israelites motto.
So I wish to be content with what God has given me but explore and expand within His blessing to know fully the scope of what it is I possess. Rise up like Caleb and take in the full horizon of God’s blessing in your life.
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).