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January 24, 2024

The Lord is My Refuge (Joshua 20-22)

Passage: Joshua 20-22
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Moving into Joshua 21, we encounter the allocation of land to the tribe of Levi. Despite their service in the ministry, the Levites faced practical needs for their families, homes, and livestock. Striking a balance, Joshua and the elders address their concerns, highlighting the importance of ministers receiving adequate provision.

The allocation of forty-eight cities to the Levites, divided among the Kohath, Gershon, and Merari clans, symbolizes a balanced approach. The Levites were to live among the people, forming relationships and experiencing their struggles. This communal living enriched their ministry, as they could relate to the people on a deeper level, understanding their hardships, and raising children together.

The meticulous recording of the areas of land and common spaces allotted to the Levites in verses 9-42 demonstrates God's faithfulness. Verses 43-45 declare that not a word of the Lord failed; every promise He made to the Levites was fulfilled. This affirmation prompts reflection on moments when it seems like God's word has failed us.

Three reasons are explored: prayers not aligned with His will, prayers misaligned with His character, and prayers misaligned with His timing. For instance, in matters of salvation, God desires all to be saved, yet respects our free will. Similarly, in seeking healing, understanding God's promise for spiritual healing rather than just physical restoration is essential.

The message presented by Pastor Allen Victor underscores the importance of seeking refuge in God, understanding His promises, and aligning our prayers with His will, character, and timing. As we reflect on these lessons, let us embody the spirit of refuge within our church and lives.

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