One day when our colleague's complaints seemed endless, Tom grumbled an old adage, "She'd complain if you hung her with a new rope." A little funny, but a lot sad for her.
Each tribe was was given a portion to make their own. For the tribes of Joseph that wasn't good enough.
Then the two tribes of Joseph came to Joshua and asked, “Why have you given us only one portion of land when the Lord has given us such large populations?”
Joshua 17:14 RSV
1. Give a challenge;
3. Expect accountability;
4. Show grace.
Joshua challenged the tribes to claim additional lands, and empowered them to take them. Empowering the tribes of Joseph made them accountable. Throughout the process, Joshua demonstrated grace without chastising.
“Then you shall have the mountain forests,” Joshua replied, “and since you are such a large, strong tribe you will surely be able to clear it all and live there. And I’m sure you can drive out the Canaanites from the valleys, too, even though they are strong and have iron chariots.”
Joshua 17:18 RSV
Dear Reader, have you been on either side of griping lately? I'm thankful God's Word give us a model for turning griping into grace:
12 You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. 14 And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:12-14 GNT