Toady’s Reading: Joshua 21:1-22:20 (additional reading Psalm 89:1-13 and Proverbs 13:15-16)

Key Verse: “They were glad to hear the report and praised God. And they talked no more about going to war against them to devastate the country where the Reubenites and the Gadites lived.” Joshua 22:33

Sometimes we genuinely believe we can read somebody else’s mind. Have you ever said something like, “I know what you’re thinking.” “I know exactly why you did that.” or “I know how your mind works.”

Let me give you an example: If a mother tells her five-year-old son John, not to eat the cookies on the table and she comes back and the cookies are gone, why did John eat the cookies.

  • 1) John is a bad kid and never listens to anybody.
  • 2) John was hungry, and his mother usually lets him eat when he’s hungry.
  • 3) John knew if he ate the cookies, his mother was going to yell at him, but the cookies were worth the consequences of being yelled at or
  • 4) John did not hear what his mother said because he was watching TV at the time.

Now the only one who really knows why John ate the cookies is John. However, the relationship between John and his mother is going to have some stress in it. All kinds of things we do produce stress in others which in turns produces stress in our relationships with them. Which makes us angry with them and they with us.

One of the things that’s amazing in life is how something can be going so well in a relationship and out of the blue, things just begin to fall to pieces and this is what we see in today’s text. In Joshua 22:7-18, when the people found out the 2 ½ tribes had built this altar, they jumped to conclusions. Sometimes, we will do things in life, that cause a lot of stress and anxiety in others that we never intended. The reason is often that we do things without explaining them to others.

This is why the advice in the book of James 1:19-20, is so important, we are given a three-fold plan to help us get along better with each other. He said, “first of all be quick to listen.” secondly “slow to speak.” and thirdly “be slow to anger.”

Reflection

  • Who are you judging without knowing the full story?
  • How can you apply the advice found in James 1:19-20?

Prayer. 

Father, Thank You for understanding us. Help us to be slow to judge others and also to live in such a way to help others. Help us to be an encouragement for all believers. In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

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