The Tribes of Reuben and Gad had a great opportunity. They found desirable land before the other tribes had arrived at their land. They were in an interesting dilemma. They could stop and enjoy their blessing while their brothers and sisters had to continue to fight for their inheritance.
Moses challenged them with a sincere call for them to examine their hearts. Would they really take possession of their land without any consideration to the fight that others would have to undertake? God had already harshly dealt with the other doubters who enticed Israel to turn away from the Promised Land. They all would die in the wilderness and not see the Land flowing with milk and honey.
Reuben and Gad committed that they would not take possession of their land until they helped their brothers obtain their blessing. There is a powerful principle here. Are you willing to fight hard to help someone else obtain what God has promised them or are you only interested in getting your blessing? This is a test of the heart. Reuben and Gad honored their word and helped; they enjoyed all the blessings of God plus they were able to see their fellow Israelites obtain their promise as well. Your blessing is so much more enjoyable when you know there are others you helped to enjoy theirs. This is an unselfish way to live. Commit to live with that level of selflessness and your blessings will be unstoppable and perpetual.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Numbers 33:40-35:34; Luke 5:12-28; Psalm 65:1-13; Proverbs 11:23