In the Old Testament text of Joshua, we see a study of leadership, challenges and the occasional intriguing drama. In the middle of the book is a break where God directs to Joshua the areas that each tribe is to inherit as they continue to progress across the Promised Land. Each tribe will be allotted a certain portion for their people, each tribe except for one that is: The Levites.

In the Old Testament text of Joshua, we see a study of leadership, challenges and the occasional intriguing drama.  In the middle of the book is a break where God directs to Joshua the areas that each tribe is to inherit as they continue to progress across the Promised Land.  Each tribe will be allotted a certain portion for their people, each tribe except for one that is:  The Levites.
The Levites were the descendants who became responsible for the administrative and priestly duties in God’s tabernacle in the Old Testament.  They dwelt among the people, made clear the law and were responsible for following the priestly functions associated with the feasts, tabernacle procedures, caring for the Ark of the Covenant and so forth.  To put it lightly, in modern day terms, they were the “Church staff,” in some ways.  
As a tribe, one might expect the Levites to receive an area for inheritance as well.  But, to our surprise, at the end of chapter 13 it says, “But to tribe of Levi Moses gave no inheritance; the Lord God of Israel is their inheritance, just as he said to them (ESV).”  This phrase had been alluded to back in verse 14, but is mentioned again to drive the point home.  This is a fulfillment of God’s words to them from Numbers 18.  To the Levites it would not be a surprise, but to the reader who is breezing by, it may seem as an odd statement.
The Levites did not get the inheritance of land everyone else got.  Thinking we may be left out is not a happy thought for most of us either.  We crave inclusion, belonging, popularity and acceptance.  Sometimes we do very foolish things for the approval of others.  The idea of not getting what is just and fair in our own eyes can be a tough pill to swallow.  
However, did you notice what the Levites did receive?  The “Lord God of Israel is your inheritance.”  Their ministry position was needed among all the tribes, so they were dispersed.  But they also enjoyed the presence of the Lord.  
Sometimes we may not always get what we want, or what we thought we deserved.  Sometimes we must recognize that our greatest inheritance, as believers saved only the grace of God in Jesus Christ, is being with the Lord.  May that be enough.

Sean Pratt writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.