So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you? Joshua 18:3 NIV
Joshua was confused. After all of the challenges to which the people had been exposed, all of the disappointments they had experienced, all of the battles they had fought and all of the complaints they had spoken about their journey, now that they were in the land of promise they had not yet gotten around to taking possession of their inherited land. Joshua wondered aloud what they were waiting for.
It's one thing to be denied access and opportunity. But when doors are opened that had been closed, one would think that the person who had been excluded would walk through the doors. When rights are granted that had been previously denied, one would like to believe that the new rights would be appreciated and used by those who had been denied those rights. When freedom is granted to those that had been oppressed, one would expect those who had been freed to take advantage of their freedom. When this behavior does not occur, it is reasonable to ask the question "What is your problem now?"
Perhaps opportunity and victory can be so incredible that it is unbelievable. Maybe the people had been traveling and struggling so long that they could not believe they were finally where they had been trying to be for 40 years. But they were there. Now it was time for them to claim there prize and live as inheritors of their blessing.
Don't let yesterday's struggle stop you from receiving tomorrow's blessing. Take possession of what is yours.
"God, thank you for my inheritance. Amen"