“How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the LORD … has given you?” (v3). The land of Israel/Canaan was “subdued” (v2), but only a few tribes had begun to live in it. Seven tribes were still waiting, apparently not too eager for the next step. They had left the wilderness and defeated their enemies, but they were reluctant to claim their territories and to begin settling down. Just as they needed faith to fight their enemies, they needed faith to live in peace.
“Go up and down in the land …” (v8). Beyond the crisis moment, we need faith to work, build relationships, witness, and steward what we have received.