“Only to the tribe of Levi he had given no inheritance; the sacrifices of the LORD God of Israel made by fire are their inheritance, as He said to them.” ~Joshua 12:14
Finally, after decades of wondering in the wilderness, Joshua leads the Israelites into the land promised to them by God and it was time to see which tribe would get which chunk of land. Reuben would get land. So would Simeon and Judah and Issachar. Zebulun would get land. The tribes of Dan and Naphtali also. Gad and Asher. The tribes of Josephs family and of course, Benjamin. But not Levi.
Not Levi. God had other plans for this tribe.
The Levites received no inheritance other than the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:1-2). While every other tribe received acres upon acres of land, the Levites just got God.
Just got God?
Something inside me crinkles up its nose and says that’s not fair, but something else inside me tells me that my judgement and opinion of this situation is way off. It’s not right. It wholly disgusting. Because God should be enough — He is enough.
Yet I want to argue for Levi and say, “But God everyone else got a little something extra. Shouldn’t Levi?”
And the truth is I carry this same it’s-not-fair, I-want-more attitude into my own life and regarding my inheritance.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. ~Ephesians 1:11-12
My flesh always demands more. “Yes, Jesus, you technically are enough, but that over there looks good too. Can I just have (fill in the blank)? And how about (fill in the blank again)?”
Oh my greedy, selfish and distracted soul!
Distracted, distracted soul.
If I’d keep my eyes on Jesus, if I’d keep focused on the One who loves me I would not be so lured by the world’s shiny, but rotting, junk.
When will I realize that having God as an inheritance makes me richer than any king or queen that has ever walked this earth? When will I get it through my thick skull that if I have God I have all I’ll ever need and that He is so much more than I think I want.
“Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness. Or if he must see them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss, for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately and forever.” -AW Tozer, The Pursuit of God (affiliate link)
Lord in heaven, what a fool I am to not be satisfied with You. You have given me so much, but the only gift that will ever bring me satisfaction is You. Please forgive me for wanting more, for taking You for granted, and not seeing that You are my inheritance. Please cleanse me and help me to live a life that reflects joy in You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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I am right with you! I can get so distracted by shiny stuff in this world that my affection slips from God to things. Thanks for the reminder that God is not only enough, He’s the best!
I struggle with so much. I am so thankful that God does not give up on me and continues to make me new.
I’m so glad you’re back!! Great post! It’s convicting, isn’t it? Why should we ever need or desire anything more than Jesus?! And yet we are human- fickle. Thanks for the reminder today. ❤️
Hi, Rachel! I’m glad to be back too. We are fickle, aren’t we? I’m so thankful that the Holy Spirit reveals my sinful thought habits to me and leads me to confession.
I like the way you put that “shiny but rotten.” It’s so much easier for us to see the shine and not the worthlessness, isn’t it!
Remembering that things are far more rotten than they appear is a daily struggle for me.