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So Joshua took the entire land, just as the Lord had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the land had rest from war.
God had told Moses what He wanted to be done related to the territories the Israeli people were moving into. Moses was able to take Israel to a certain point, but then he died, and Joshua had to finish the job. Joshua destroyed every nation the Lord had told him to and moved the Israeli people to inhabit the freshly conquered territories. When he had finished distributing the lands to each of the tribes of Israel, the Bible says, “Then the land had rest from war.”
With a simple look back in time, it is evident that any great nation in world history has gone through battles to conquer and then hold the space it occupied. In each historical account, that nation experienced what King Solomon called “A Time For War And A Time For Peace” (Ecc. 3:8b). Why is that? I believe that in every human, there is this search for MORE. In Israel’s case and the conquering of new lands, it was God’s will to give His people a permanent place to call home. But after that, people, in general, want more. They want more land, more things, more money, and more significance. To achieve that, they usually have to take what isn’t theirs. That leads to war. Afterward, peace comes. Either for a long time or just for a while before the next battle. If you are going through a personal war in your own life, I challenge you to give it to God. Let Him fight your battle for you. I guarantee that soon PEACE will be yours. Because in all of us, there is “A Time For War And A Time For Peace.”
This AM, I’m weary of the battle that usually turns into battles. I long for PEACE. I’m asking You to end the war I’m facing. Please bring peace instead. Amen