Finding Your Fit
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Currently I am writing my way through Judges sharing glimpses of God's heart and character for a weekday devotional. To check out the entire series so far head on over the the Judges Devotional.
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"In those days Israel had no king. And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking a place of their own where they might settle, because they had not yet come into an inheritance among the tribes of Israel." Judges 18:1
Does it ever seem like everyone around you already fits into the place God has them? I wonder if the Danites felt this way. All the other tribes are occupying the land the Lord wanted for them except them.
So how did they get to this place of seeking a place of their own and seeing all the tribes around them fit? They didn't take the land when Joshua told them to. They experienced a little bit of opposition and gave up. They started out doing what God told them to do but gave up when it got hard. They didn't keep pursuing and fighting for it because it got just a little bit too difficult. Perhaps they saw other tribes allotted much bigger pieces of land compared themselves, deflating their desire to take the land God had for them when it got tough. Perhaps they thought, "Why keep fighting so hard for something so seemingly insignificant?"
Sometimes what God has before us seems insignificant. But "We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." (Eph 2:10) It's not important how big or small the thing is the Lord has called us to do because it's not about us, it's about Him. It was His call and His plan and it will always be better than ours.
We may see a shoe string as insignificant, but in reality it keeps the shoe on the foot. We may see our part to play in this short little life as insignificant but we are only seeing the back of a beautiful tapestry. When this life is over and we are no longer seeing in a mirror dimly, we will see the front side of the beautiful tapestry the Lord has made and see our little part in history as beautifully significant.
So what about you?
What has God called you to?
How do you view your allotment?
Are you persevering when it gets hard? Why?
What does it take to stop you? And what does it take to get you restarted?
Our glimpse of glory in Judges 18:1 is that God is a Master Weaver with a master plan. He has full knowledge of us and our unique contribution He has for us. And He is the One who gives us the desire to keep pursuing what He has for us.
Lord, help us cling to You and draw from Your strength when we feel like giving up. Please keep reminding us not to look to external things to find our significance but to keep our eyes on You.
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#425 A restaurant overlooking a lake and the city, outdoor sitting and a play house for the kids. Wow!
#426 Asher's first bike ride around the lake.
#427 New office at our church
#428 Whining... and trying to see how it's a gift.
#429 God providing money for Austin's missions trip
#430 The hope of getting my next Bible study published
#431 Dreaming of the future
#432 Learning more about social media
#433 And excitement for how the Lord can use it more and more for His glory and the expansion of His kingdom.
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4/1/2012 09:49:36 pm
Standing up to the opposition - sometimes it's a battle that changes the course of our lives - and it is so necessary - hard - but so necessary!
4/2/2012 05:43:51 am
Once again I'm reminded that small doesn't necessarily mean God's not in it! Thanks for the encouragement to relish the allotment! God Bless!
4/2/2012 12:25:28 pm
Wow...what a wonderful blog! I love your thoughts on these verses.
4/2/2012 07:33:11 pm
"how do i view my allotment?"
What a great post and wise words on where our place is in God's plan. Isn't it great that He has had the plan for us designed since before the foundation of the world? And my part....to trust Him and stay close.
4/5/2012 03:21:22 am
What an inspiring post! I love the analogies. Thanks for your encouragement and challenging thoughts.
4/18/2012 12:04:34 pm
i trully enjoy most of your articles and your different point of view. Thanks.
9/3/2012 10:15:34 pm
They experienced a little bit of opposition and gave up. They started out doing what God told them to do but gave up when it got hard. They didn't keep pursuing and fighting for it because it got just a little bit too difficult. Perhaps they saw other tribes allotted much bigger pieces of land compared themselves.
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