Our Promised Land

​I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the promised land. We talk about it still today, right? We think of the promised land as being a place or a thing. But in fact, our promised land has already come. Our promised land is Jesus.
Can you picture Moses? Old and tired Moses. Worn out from all that happened in the desert. The emotional and physical toll of wandering in the wilderness must have been exhausting for him, but it didn’t have to be. God told Moses about the promised land. A land that He was going to give to Moses and his descendants. Moses didn’t doubt God. Moses doubted himself.
How many of us are like Moses?
Deep down inside we speak the words, “I know God is big and He can accomplish anything,” but our minds and actions don’t come into agreement. We believe God is big, but we limit ourselves to what we think we are capable of and we forget that He is in control.
Moses didn’t think he could deliver messages to the people in an acceptable way. He doubted his ability instead of looking at God’s ability. He met God in a burning bush—a bush that was on fire, but never burned—but Moses didn’t firmly believe the God that could burn in a bush could give him the ability to speak.
Later, Moses took matters into his own hands when he struck the rock instead of speaking to the rock like God instructed him to do. As I read the Scripture today, I couldn’t figure out why Moses would do that. Was he just that frustrated with all the people or did he still have a little bit of doubt in him? We don’t know exactly, but because he didn’t completely obey, Moses forfeited the full blessing of God. Moses never actually entered the promised land. (See Deuteronomy 34:1–3)
Moses stood on the edge looking over the land.
Alone with God.
How many stand alone looking over into the promised land, but never enter it? The biggest deterrent? Doubt.
They doubt God exists.
They doubt God can use them.
They doubt Jesus accomplished the ultimate sacrifice.
They doubt they can change.
People don’t think they can change.
They erect walls of isolation.
God was working through the Israelites to deliver them from their enemies and into the promised land; a land full of blessing and peace. But the Israelites couldn’t stay focused on God for longer than a minute. They wanted to obey so badly, but they would fail so quickly. They continually needed to offer sacrifices for their sins, and eventually, that just wasn’t enough. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice requiring that no one would ever again have to offer a blood sacrifice for sin. Ever.
If God pulled you aside today and told you that He needed you to do something big for Him, what would you do? What would be your first reaction?

Getting back to the water and the rock…God instructed Moses and Aaron to go to the rock and speak. Remember, Moses didn’t feel adequate to speak to the people. God spoke to Moses and Aaron was the spokesperson. So, maybe it should have been Aaron who spoke to the rock, but instead, Moses hit the rock. God wasn’t happy.
But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!” (Numbers 20:12)
Both Moses and Aaron lost their opportunity to enter the promised land because of their disobedience.
There, on the border of the land of Edom, the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “The time has come for Aaron to join his ancestors in death. He will not enter the land I am giving the people of Israel, because the two of you rebelled against my instructions concerning the water at Meribah. (Numbers 20:23–24)
Blessing comes when we take full advantage of the promised land God has offered to us today. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become children of God (Galatians 3:26). However, so many don’t walk in obedience when it comes to this first step (accepting Christ as their Savior who is the ultimate sacrifice for all sin), and therefore they forfeit their opportunity to partake of the promised land.
There are others who receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior but continue to walk in doubt and unbelief. They may be standing in the promised land, but their feet might as well be bound in cement because their doubt has them paralyzed.
Either way, doubt has no place in the life of the believer. When we receive a command or word from God, we must do what He says. If we don’t, our disobedience has a consequence, and we have no one to blame but ourselves. Moses and Aaron couldn’t blame anyone but themselves. We must learn from their example. Don’t forfeit what God has already said is yours because you doubt. Instead, trust Him and do what He says.

Erin Olson

Founder and CEO of Sandalfeet Ministries

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