Friday, July 15, 2011

The Promised Land

The Israelites wandered around the desert for 40 years before they reached the Promised Land (see the book of Numbers, Joshua 1:1-7, Numbers 20:7-12). Not all of them made it, many turned back. For many it was easier to return to Egypt and make the best life possible there, rather than pressing into their destiny and forging on to the Promised Land. Who could blame them? Have you ever wandered around the desert? Yeah, me either. Wild guess here, but it's probably not too enjoyable. Pressing on to the Promise Land took patience, trust, faith. Am I saying the Lord couldn't/didn't work through the lives of those who turned back? No, not at all - us taking the easy road or making the wrong choice doesn't negate the power God has to work in our lives. We can live the best life possible where we're at and He will still receive his glory, but we're not called to live the best life possible, we're called to live into our inheritance. (Graham Cook once said that the only thing God will have against some of us who stand before him in the end is that he had all of THIS for us and we only received this much.)

I don't want to make the best life possible in Egypt, I want the Promised Land. 

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