Scripture Reading: Numbers 32:5-6
Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan. And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here?
Reflection: The people of Israel were on their way to Canaan to possess their possessions as promised and instructed by God. Just before they got to the brink of the Jordan, a river they needed to cross over into Canaan, they spotted the land of Jazer and Gilead. The fertile nature of this land attracted and diverted the attention of the tribe of Reuben and Gad. The two tribes requested that they should be left behind to occupy this land while the rest continued to Canaan. After all, this land was also fertile enough to support their livelihood. Moses was so disappointed by their action and had to stir them up to reverse this decision. As he pointed out to them, all was not going to end well if they choose to discontinue the journey. Watch out! Don’t allow what seems good in your sight to sway you away from the ultimate. Don’t settle for less just because it is immediately available. Let nothing replace your ‘Canaan’.
Prayer: Lord, please grant me wisdom to live by so that I will only settle for what you have ordained for my life. Don’t let me be swayed by what I see!
Confession: I will not allow what seems good in my sight to sway me away from the ultimate! I will not settle for less just because it is available.