Understanding Each Other

Reading in Joshua 22, the primary concern for the Israelites who would be living on the other side of the Jordan was that they would keep the commandment and the Law of Moses.  They had built an altar near the Jordan and this caused a misunderstanding between the other tribes because they thought this altar was for idol worship.

As it turned out, the eastern tribe had built the altar to worship the ONE true God. The altar would be their reminder to future generations. From this event, we learn the importance of keeping an open mind and the need to fully understand the intentions of people before we overreact.

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This day with You Lord, help us to always be concerned for all believers and their faithfulness to You but if we are tempted to judge, remind us that everyone has tremendous value in Your eyes. You have made us all for a purpose so let us celebrate our diversity and understand each other before we jump to conclusions. In Your Holy name we pray. Amen.


About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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