LEARN YOUR LESSON WELL
We all spend time in the wilderness of life learning to trust and follow God for our daily bread. In the wilderness, the miracle is that you are fed manna from heaven and water from rocks. Provision is the only issue you deal with.
Why? Because trusting and following God does not come naturally. We have to learn that behavior and hone it into a skill set. Admit it. You tend to trust yourself and either follow the crowd, or follow your instincts. That doesn’t work in the Kingdom where God wants you to learn His ultimate goodness by relying on Him.
The Promised Land, however, is different from the wilderness. In the Promised Land, provision is not the issue. The miracle of the Promised Land happens in pursuit of conquest.
Consider the difference in relationship between the two places.
Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year. – Joshua 5:12
In the Promised Land, they moved from miraculous provision to miraculous exploits – winning battles and taking territory for the Kingdom. The wilderness is full of slaves learning to become God’s people. The Promised Land is full of God’s people learning to be warriors who accomplish great vision.
The big question today is, where do you want to live? If you’re in the wilderness, learn your lesson well. Depend on God and learn to trust His provision. If you’re in the Promised Land, sic ‘em and God will back you up!
And the children of Israel ate manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan. – Exodus 16:35
From my book Living Life /Forward