In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos'
(matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos'
which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain
theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both
styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying
spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground'
a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the
deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.
In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the
styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different
facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style
than the 'Varying topics' one.
Having dwelt on the topic of Christian journey in the previous month, now in the month
of Febraury, I intend to focus on a monumental piece of Jewish history….the
Conquest of Canaan, with its particular relevance to modern day breed of
Christian spiritual warriors.
Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…
The meek shall inherit the earth
Now these are the areas the Israelites received as an inheritance in the land of Canaan,
which Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel
allotted to them.-
If chapters 6-12 of the Book of Joshua dwell on the “action” part of Conquest of Canaan
then chapters13-21 concentrate on its “division” amongst the twelve tribes of Israel.
When it came to Joshua-the man who spearheaded the conquest of the Promised Land and played
a major role in its subsequent allocation amongst the twelve tribes- what type of land did
he choose for himself? The very best of the best? No, not by a long shot!
Even when given the choice by his own people, to choose, whatever he wanted, he humbly
chose a hilly terrain, not easily cultivable
(Joshua 19:49-50), to send forth a clear
message to one and all, especially to the leaders that the elite need to put the interests
of ordinary folks first! What an exemplary action worthy of emulation!
Oh meek Christian, be of good cheer for you shall inherit the earth itself! The truth that the
meek shall inherit the earth is one, which runs right through the pages of the Bible from
Genesis to Revelation culminating in its prophetic fulfillment in the Millennial reign of
(Revelation 20:6) and beyond.
Eons back, when an old, MEEK man in anticipation of the Flood (on God’s instructions)
spent all his earnings on building a huge ark in a land faraway from the any river or sea
(boats and ships are constructed closer to the waters, right?), his critics laughed till
their sides ached. This old gent believed that the waters would come near his boat as such
there was no need for him to build it closer to the waters. Biblical scholars speaking
figuratively claim that when he drove the last nail into the ark signaling the completion
of his enormously expensive project, he had spent his last penny. So virtually when he
entered the ark, with still no sign of any flood, he was a pauper. BUT THE FLOOD DID
COME AND WHEN NOAH FINALLY STEPPED OUTSIDE THE ARK, AFTER THE FLOOD, HE OWNED THE
WORLD!!! Do I need to say more!
Father, we are sometimes awed by the fact that we are serving YOU, the one who is so very
great but meekly craves our love, in order we get the very best from your generous hands.
Oh we love you, oh we love you, without any measure or limit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.