So the Israelites divided the land, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. (Josh. 14:5)

They noticed the little girl seemed to stay in one place. She was quiet as she looked around her new room. They weren’t sure what that day would be like as their daughter came home. Her journey had been so difficult, but they were glad she was finally there. All she had known was that bare orphanage bed.

She remained quiet, and they decided she may need some space. Later, when they checked on her, they found her exactly where they had left her—sitting on her new bed. Her mother took her by the hand and gently led her downstairs and to the backyard. Under flowering trees stood something she hadn’t yet seen—a swing set and slide. The little girl’s eyes opened wide as she leaned in to her mother, unsure.

“This is all for you, sweetheart. We hope you will enjoy playing here.”

Joshua had received orders to possess the land, and they had to fight hard to possess it. But once it was theirs, it still needed to be divided up so that the people could disperse and truly live in it. Our God is a giver of life and of joy. He enables us to conquer our enemies and find freedom and fullness of life on the other side. He wants us to live joyfully in the land that we have inherited.

Walk in freedom and joy, and truly live.

Elizabeth Rhyno is a wife, mom, and worship leader. Elizabeth chooses to pursue the Lord and trust him for courage and a joyful inheritance.

© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.