We have heard the story of the Children of Israel and how they did not make it into the Promise Land.  Religion has a way of explaining this as God’s plan to cause His Children to dwell another 40 years in the wilderness so they could be “taught a lesson”.  

It was not God’s will nor His best for His people to wander in the wilderness and die and never enter the provision he had made for them. God brought the Children out of slavery to give them a wonderful future.

Exodus 3:8“So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey.”

The truth of the matter is the Israelites chose their outcome.  When God set the world into motion, He gave His power and authority to people.  It was not God’s turn – it was humanity. 

Plain and simple – the Hebrews did not believe what God had said.  Instead, of speaking faith, they spoke fear.  They believed they were too weak to conquer the giants and guess what – they did not conquer the giants.  They believed they were going to die in the wilderness, and so they did.

Henry Ford had a famous quote, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”  What we believe about ourselves is important.  And yes, apart from God, we are weak and incapable, but the good news is, we have the Holy Ghost living on the inside of us.  The Bible tells us that we can do all things through Christ.  (Philippians 4:13).  This is where faith comes in.

Do we believe what God has said or not?

God has always made a provision for His people.  When He said that he wanted to bring His children to a land flowing with milk and honey, this was His Will.  God did not change His mind.  The people did not believe.  Only two people made it to the Promise Land.  A very small minority.

“They were the only two of the twelve spies who believed God would deliver the land of giants into their hands. The other ten were lost because of their unbelief.  Joshua and Caleb were saved because of their belief.” (Hebrews 3:7-8,12). 

We are no different than the Jews.  God has made provisions for His Children and given us a Bible full of promises and yet we are not experiencing His best.  It is not the lack of God’s ability but the lack of faith on our part. 

Don’t be like the majority of the children of Israel and miss out on God’s promises.  Take Him at His Word and experience all of the good things He has planned for you!

Rhonda L. Smart, [email protected]

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