Borders and Boundaries

boundariesToday I read about the borders and boundaries allotted to the tribes of Israel in Joshua 13-18. In the past, I’ve struggled to glean much application from the names of towns I’ve never visited, and landmarks I’ve never seen.

But today, one thing stood out. God has a plan and a specific place in mind for us. Could the limitations that seem to box me in be a gift from Him in some way?

Not an easy question to answer. Contentment can dangerously shift to complacency. There may be times God asks us to strive and push beyond a barrier. However, many times we miss out on joy by chafing against a boundary.

What is my allotment?

Discerning that is such a challenge. Here is my prayer for today:

Lord, give me a heart of contentment and trust, so that I may serve today and not waste time staring over the fence at the boundaries You’ve shaped for others. That You’ve even granted me life is a profound gift. That You’ve placed me in a specific time and place for a purpose is exciting. That You abide in this moment with me is breathtaking. I trust You to reveal the tasks You have in mind for me on this precise day and in my current location. Amen.

How about you? Have you noticed yourself looking over the boundaries at someone else’s life and calling? Have you felt wistful at the success of others? Has God ever granted you discernment about someplace new that He wants you? Please share a comment – it will bless the rest of us! And feel free to share this post using one of the handy buttons below. 🙂


Sharon Hinck

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4 thoughts on “Borders and Boundaries

  1. Thanks, Sharon. I’ve often wondered if I am doing exactly what God wants me to do but I had never thought about in connection with the boundaries that God gave each tribe in the Promised Land. He has given me boundaries too but I had never thought about those boundaries including what He wants me to be doing with my life; those things He had planned for me before I was even born. It gives me a lot to think about. Thank you again.

    Love, Ruth

  2. Hi, Ruth! Thanks for commenting. As I’ve been re-reading the Old Testament, I’ve been struck by the many times God ordains boundaries, places, roles for people. It helps me chafe a little less, and look for what God’s intentions might be regarding some of the limitations I deal with in my life. 🙂

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