Thursday, November 16 – Joshua 22:28-29

Nov 15, 2023

“Therefore we said, ‘It shall also come about if they say this to us or to our generations in time to come, then we shall say, “See the copy of the altar of the Lord which our fathers made, not for burnt offering or for sacrifice; rather, it is a witness between us and you.”’ Far be it from us that we should rebel against the Lord and turn away from following the Lord this day, by building an altar for burnt offering, for grain offering, or for sacrifice, besides the altar of the Lord our God which is before His tabernacle.”

 

What skills are you passing on to the next generation? Your example and everyday interactions teach the next generation lessons, whether you realize it or not. This altar was more than an impressive work of construction, it was built out of a desire to pass on a commitment to God. Over time, because of the way the Israelites and sons of Reuben dealt with the conflict, it would represent something even greater—a united commitment to God even though these groups lived miles apart.

 

Is an example of unity or even pursuing God when facing conflict something you are passing on to the next generation? Do others see you building up your brothers and sisters in Christ and serving the Lord alongside them? Do they see an extension of God’s grace when they watch you in difficult moments? So often, our attitudes in conflict are anything but exemplary. It is a place where our weaknesses and shortcomings are apparent. Hebrews 12:14-15 says, “Pursue peace with all people, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it, many become defiled.”

 

In all matters of life, we are to pursue Christ. Because of Him, we can pursue peace instead of proving our point, and we can point to His holiness instead of our self-righteousness. This is the legacy the next generation needs. This is the hope the world needs: that God may be glorified in all things, even in our differences.

 

  • What are some of your habits when you encounter conflict? Are these habits you want to pass on to the next generation? Why or why not?
  • What does it look like to pursue peace with everyone? How does that call challenge you?
  • Pray and ask God to help you pursue peace and glorify Him, even in conflict with others.

 

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