#Myfairshare #Biblelessons #Leadershiplessons

Sometimes the Lord does not give us our “fair share.” At least in the same way as He may give to others. Or that we expect or want. 

Sometimes He gives His gifts to us with seemingly impossible challenges that we must overcome (with the Spirit’s strength / enabling) if we really want them. This should not surprise us, and yet it still does. Listen to what I call ‘Joseph’s test’ from the Book of Joshua from the Bible.

At this point in the story, Joshua is an old man. Israel spent years fighting to get the Promised Land the Lord had been promising them for over 400 years! Now they were distributing their ‘inheritance’. Each tribe got the number of shares and location somewhat corresponding to their size and nature. The Tribe of Manasseh had just been given 11 shares. And then Joseph was given one!

What!? Why!?  

The tribe came back to Joshua: “But we are a large tribe, why only one?” So, Joshua replied, OK, you want it, you got it. “You are a great people and have great power; you shall not have only one lot, but the mountain country shall be yours as well.  Although it is wooded, you shall cut it down, and its farthest extent shall be yours. You [will have to] drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots and are strong.” (Joshua 17:14-18) 

There it is. Sometimes our sisters or friends are given talents or possessions or positions seemingly without exertion. And, here we are struggling to make do on much less. Whatever our circumstances, we all have the tendency to easily spot others who have more than we and who don’t have to work as hard as we do. And we seldom see those with less. 

We know the Bible promises that God gives all of us abundant life. What we often forget is that He distributes to each in different ways according to His unending wisdom and love. This was reiterated by Jesus in several ‘parables’, for example of the workers (Matthew 20:1-16). Each of us also has been given ‘wooded mountains with fierce resistance’ for which we must trust His Spirit’s enablement if we really want to grab all that God has promised us.

About dbporter

Dan Porter, living in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Married to Bonnie, an artist. We have three grown sons, all married to wonderful women, and in turn have eight children.
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