NOW HERE’S THE TRUTH…
Seeing the Promised Land is easy, but when impossibilities stare you down and life’s many puzzle pieces stop making sense, it’s no surprise that feelings of anxiety and fear creep in when least expected.
You want to build an empire and yet, you find yourself managing pocket change just to make ends meet.
You’re looking for your charming Prince or Princess but find yourself surrounded by frogs.
The contrasts are crazy; the discomfort unreal. And yet, you keep on walking. All because He says you’ve got to walk by faith.
WHAT TO LEARN FROM THE
If you asked me what I thought of the wandering Israelites led by Moses a few years ago, I would have told you without thinking twice that they were a whiny, ungrateful bunch that God had to put up with. You cried for your freedom for years, and after getting it, you start manifesting in ways that are just plain ugly to see.
But trust Life’s perfect comedic timing. Now, I can only empathize and draw on the many lessons their journey offers on learning to walk by faith:
LESSON #1: DON’T WASTE TIME
Despite the people’s failings, God did fulfill His word by getting the Israelites into the Promised Land. But the number of casualties and losses incurred on the way was tremendously high; with lives lost and wealth squandered all from disobedience.
That’s the thing about sin that some of us fail to understand. There’s Grace available, alright, but if you stray off of the mountain path and into the valley, anything can happen. People die in the valley. Valuable time is wasted; a journey of forty days becoming that of forty years, with no one but ourselves to blame for what could have potentially been a shorter trip if we had just stuck to His instructions and stayed on the path He set out for our walk.
Food for thought: There are many paths to your chosen destination, but God’s is always the best, crafted specifically with your personality, interests and destiny in mind.
Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me (Psalm 119:113)
P.S. You might want to also check out my thoughts on “growing down”, and why there’s no need to rush anywhere in this life (Disclaimer: There was talk of Indomie).
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LESSON #2: CHANGE YOUR MIND(SET)
Long before their entry, the Israelites sent out spies to scout the land.
The report: Giants (challenges)… everywhere! While it’s easy to count them off as faithless, there was only so much they could see with their grasshopper mentalities. Needless to say, they couldn’t see the giant God that was with them – again, probably due to their limited true knowledge of God – and reacted as such.
Food for thought: How you respond to life’s situations is usually a by-product of how you see yourself.
We were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight (Numbers 13:33).
LESSON #3: FOCUS ON YOUR LOVE WALK
The Israelites sort of “knew of” God.
They had heard of God before he delivered them from slavery.
They definitely could see what He could do… Him parting the Red Sea, raining down bread from Heaven, etc.
But they didn’t know Him. That was the problem. It’s little wonder why the Israelites turned on Him at any chance they got, idolizing material things and their needs when the one true God was with them the whole time.
Food for thought: Know Him better. There’s so much of Him to take in, so start now.
… but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32b)
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