Stopping ourselves short of God’s promises

We have been reading through Joshua as a church and I wanted to share an excerpt from my journal entry of Joshua 22.
Read Joshua 22 for the context of the story (along with Numbers 32)

“Got to admit that I read this passage and initially was on the side of the Reubenites, Gadites and half tribe of Manesseh, BUT I am reminded of a few things.

God’s inheritance was the land of Canaan. When these three tribes settled in the land
the Jordan from Canaan Moses was at first angry with them for suggesting this arrangement but then he agreed because he made them swear that they would fight with the rest of the tribes till the land was conquered. (Numbers 32) And if you read the account it never gave any indication that Moses consulted God on this decision.
They liked the land because it was good for raising livestock. Anyone remember Lot doing the same thing? This decision based on economics set them up to be far away from God’s temple and altar.
It disconnected them from the rest of God’s people. I see so many people like that today…they choose economic comfort instead of being close to God’s people.
Then they say things like, it wont affect us we will still be connected and so they set up artificial means for their children to remember God. An altar that is only a representation of the real altar. Guess what, it never works – the children begin to worship at the artificial altar rather than the real deal.
How often we do battle for the will of God to be accomplished and then choose to live on the border, outside of God’s appointed place of blessing?
How often we spend 28 days in prayer and fasting and experience God’s power and then promptly go back to living on the borders for the rest of the year?
How many people become Christ-followers and settle on the borders, not willing to trust God that in His promised land we will experience all that we need to live healthy and prosperous lives?
How often are we making decisions for our lives and our families based on the pay even though it means you will have to sacrifice your connection with God and His people?
These arrangements never end well for us. Don’t be like the Reubenites, Gadites and the half-tribe of Manesseh who seemed to have done a good thing but they should have backed up further and made the right decision in the first place so that they did not have to build symbolic altars.”

Numbers 32:1-5 (NKJV) 1 Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of livestock; and when they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, that indeed the region was a place for livestock, 2 the children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spoke to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the leaders of the congregation, saying, 3 “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Shebam, Nebo, and Beon, 4 the country which the LORD defeated before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.” 5 Therefore they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan.”