Posted by Deborah Elum

My friend was telling me today about a very unexpected experience she had on her way to meet me.

Not long after she entered the freeway, she heard something fall off of her truck. As she looked in her rear view mirror, she saw paper after paper flying up in the air and landing all over the freeway.

Then, she remembered that she had left her binder full of important information on the top of her vehicle before she left home.

She immediately pulled over. Other drivers saw what had happened and stopped in the other lanes as well. Surprisingly, some of them got out of their cars and begin to help her retrieve every single one of them. What a miracle that was!

I wonder how the Israelites felt when they too experienced a miracle to retrieve something that belonged to them?

The twelve tribes had grown in great numbers since leaving Egypt. Moses instructed the people to cross over the Jordan River to take possession of the land that God promised them by driving out the people who were living there.

The descendants of Reuben, Gad, and half of the tribe of Manasseh asked Moses to allow them to settle where they were in the land in front of the Jordan River.

Moses promised them they could have it, if they helped their other brothers fight and drive out the people in the Promised Land on the other side of the Jordan.

So, the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of the tribe of Manasseh agreed. They left their wives and children in that land while they traveled on with the other tribes to fight. In Joshua 22, when all the other tribes received their portion of land, Joshua gave them approval to go back across the Jordan to their homes and to their families.

It is so refreshing to see people then and even today go out of their way, even endangering their lives, to help others get what belong to them.

This Week’s Scripture

Now that the Lord your God has given them rest as he promised, return to your homes in the land that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you on the other side of the Jordan.”

(Joshua 22:4)