Israel finally had rest from all their wars. Reuben, Gad and Manasseh had returned home and built an altar. It caused a great conflict because the rest of Israel thought they had committed a serious sin. All the other tribes assembled together to go to war. Thankfully, the tribes on the East of the Jordan explained that their altar was only a memorial so that future generations would know that even though they did not live in Canaan, they still had a claim to the promises of God!
You see, these 3 tribes knew something very powerful. The further we get from the miraculous works of God, the more prone we are to forget all that God has done. They neither wanted their descendants to forget nor the other Israelites to forget the role that God played in using them to help secure the Promised Land.
A season of rest is important for all of us! It is in the time of rest that we reconnect to God, remind ourselves of His goodness and restore ourselves. If you have been in battles, you have to know that a time of rest must follow the battle. Even our trained military gets time off after a tour of duty.
Put together a journal of all that God has done so that when you get tired and feel like quitting, you can remind yourself of all that God has done!!
Tomorrow’s Reading: Joshua 24:1-33; Luke 21:1-28; Psalm 89:38-52; Proverbs 13:20-23