It's the long awaited day...
forty years have passed.
The children of Israel have wandered in the wilderness
and finally, the time has come for them to enter
the promised land from God.
I bet God will have streamers and party horns,
helium balloons and a big banner that says, Welcome Home!
I mean, that's what we would want, right?
If we were those children... after all that wandering... that waiting.
That's what we kind of deserve and expect... yeah?
But then we see Moses gathering us together again for
one of those talks.
Now the Lord spoke to Moses...
“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them:
‘When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you,
destroy all their engraved stones,
destroy all their molded images, and
demolish all their high places;
you shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land and
dwell in it, for I have given you the land to possess.
And you shall divide the land by lot
as an inheritance among your families;
Numbers 33:50-54 NKJV
No banner, no balloons, no streamers...
I mean, if it's not going to be a party,
I guess I better tie my shoes...
cuz' I was getting ready to kick them off and settle in.
I mean, I thought that God was going to give us the land?
Ya' know... I'm not complaining,
because we are certainly aware of God's hatred for that kind of attitude.
But looking back over my life,
I don't recall any surprise parties thrown in my honor either...
so I kinda get how the Israelites might feel about now.
But what does come as a surprise to me,
is that there is so much work to do.
Those are pretty active verbs.
We have all that to do, just to get the land promised to us?
The land we inherited... that we are being given?
Why can't we just walk in and settle down?
And then I realize... if it was such wonderful land,
why would it just be sitting vacant all this time?
Surely someone had found it by now and was already enjoying it
And evidently... they are enjoying it... like in a worldly way,
a whole lot.
If you know what I mean!
And God did not deliver us from slavery,
from the many gods of Egypt,
and repeatedly say,
I am the Lord your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God,
to let us live among another people who live wild worldly lives
worshipping many other gods and idols.
So in order to be fully devoted to Him
and be His people, set apart as a nation,
the children of God would need to get to work.
And it has struck me now, that they cannot begin these battles,
until they enter the land... until they have crossed the Jordan,
as the verse says.
They can, if they wish, stand about and worry over them,
like they did after the 12 spies were sent 39 years ago...
but that didn't work so well.
Or they can cross the Jordan and start to work.
So what does all this have to do with us?
Well, God wants to deliver us from the slavery of our past,
from the wilderness where we often find ourselves stuck.
He wants us to find better places than we have ever lived.
Because just because we are walking with Him
on our journey through life,
does not mean we are living it in a better place...
in a promised land.
Now God may not not necessarily take us to new houses in new cities...
although that may be true for some people.
But even if we stay living in the same house, and the same city,
the crossing over that we do with Him
can bring us into a new season of life.
But it will require that we trust in God to lead us there...
as we develop a new mindset,
a different circle of friends.
find financial freedom,
begin in a place of service,
find our defined purpose,
gain freedom from an addiction,
restore our marriage,
renew health and healing,
seek a new job,
develop new leadership,
become or find a mentor,
experience church growth,
receive discernment in decisions,
direction for the future...
in education or career,
get help with school,
find guidance in parenting,
renew friendships of old...
and the list goes on.
And as we learn to depend on God to lead us in the crossing over,
we also KNOW, that even though He has promised us a better life,
it won't be free of work... it won't be without it's battles.
Because our pattern of life is much like that of these Israelites.
But God says in the end...
we will dwell in His promises,
and divide them as an inheritance among our families.
Word of God... train me, today...
to trust in You that the plan for my inheritance is sure,
to know that You have my victory secured even after the crossing over.
Lord, I thank You
that You have a new dwelling place for me
in the next season of my life.
One of new purpose and victory.
I trust You as You lead and guide me in the crossing over,
and I am willing to depend on You for help
as, together we drive out, destroy, demolish and dispossess
the idols captive in my life.
Then I can dwell in Your favor forever.
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