(But the Danites had difficulty taking possession of their territory, so they went up and attacked Leshem, took it, put it to the sword and occupied it. They settled in Leshem and named it Dan after their forefather.) These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Dan, clan by clan. (Joshua 19:47-48 NIV)
When the tribe of Dan was given its land, the Danites had difficulty conquering the inhabitants. So they changed course, went up and attacked Leshem, took it, and settled there. Sounds logical, doesn't it? They were facing an impossible situation, so they changed course and took an easier route.
It's easy to trust God when things are going okay, or even when they're a little difficult. After all, we can see what the outcome is going to be. Everything is following a logical path. You've applied for a job. You are the most qualified person applying. Three of the company owner's best friends and business associates have recommended you highly for the position. Everything is right on target. You trust God that you will be hired. And you are. It's easy to trust God, isn't it?
You've been unemployed for two years now. Your unemployment benefits ran out long ago. You've sent out over 200 resumes, gone on interview after interview, even applied for jobs that are far below your capability level - but not one employer is willing to hire you. You look at your family that has gone without for so very long. How easy is it to trust God?
Most of us spend our lives trusting God - as far as it's humanly logical to trust Him. Beyond that? Well, what does He expect, anyway? So there are many times, like the Danites, that God places us in impossible situations for no other reason than to help us learn to trust Him, and only Him. Sometimes we've been putting so much trust in ourselves, our own abilities, our friends, our jobs, our families that we've forgotten Who the source of all things is. Sometimes God just wants to remind us. And if we're very hardheaded, He has to remind us a little harder. And a few extra times. In fact, as hard and as often as it takes for us to learn that lesson.
He wants us to have faith that He is great enough to handle all of our impossible situations.
From Newsong Ministries
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