Monday, March 19, 2012

Entering the Promised Land

When the children of Israel crossed the Jordan River, they were now in the Promised Land.  Whenever you obey what God has called you to do, He will bless you for taking that step of faith.  Here are four blessings awaiting you in the Promised Land.

1. God will give you a new respect.  Joshua 5:1 says, "When all the kings of the Amorites...and the Canaanites...heard how the Lord had dried up the waters of the Jordan before the sons of Israel until they had crossed, that their hearts melted, and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the sons of Israel." The Amorites and Canaanites had probably sent spies to watch them come into their land. When they saw the waters parting, they were terrified!  They had a new respect for Israel and knew they would never be able to defeat them. Your enemies will also be afraid of you when you do what God says.

2. God will give you a new reputation. Joshua 5:9 says, "Then the Lord said to Joshua, 'Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.'" What does that mean? After they had left Egypt, the Egyptians had mocked them for wandering in the wilderness for so long.  They probably said, "Israel has no vision. They don't know where they're going!" (See Ex. 14:3).  The Egyptians didn't realize that God was leading Israel by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  The timing wasn't right for them to enter the land.  But now that they had crossed the Jordan, God says, "I'm now vindicating you.  I'm removing the reproach of the Egyptians. You are now in the land I have given you!"

3. God will give you new provision.  God stopped sending manna to them on the day they started eating from the land (Joshua 5:12).  By entering the Promised Land, God gave them something much better than what they had been eating.  Now they had more food and a better variety.

4.God will give you a new protection. Joshua saw a man with a sword and asked who he was. It was the Angel of the Lord who said, "I indeed come as the captain of the army of heaven" (Josh. 5:14).  The Angel never appeared to them in the wilderness, but as soon as they entered the Promised Land, he shows up to assure Joshua that he now had greater protection.

Have you entered the Promised Land or are you still wandering in the wilderness?