It’s been quite a while since I have posted but this morning I know it is time! This morning I have been reminded that the Promised Land is not merely a suggestion or a fairy tale, but a true and living place in the Kingdom of God. The past several days have brought me a to remember that moment in time in which I was branded in God’s love forever, that moment in which the seas of turbulence parted and I tasted that first sweet drop of honey in the Promised Land, where boundaries are non-existent because of He who crossed all boundaries.
Once God’s people get even a tiny taste of His Promised Land for us, there is no turning back. But the truth is as beautiful as the Promised Land is, it remains full of foreign and sometimes hostile land. Lands and places of “what if’s”, “cannots”, “too much”, “not enough”, “never change”, “too weak” or…..(insert your hostile land here). But the beauty I continue to discover about these foreign and hostile lands is when they are transformed. But isn’t it true that no matter how long we have been in His Promised Land, somehow in our human frailty we try to manage these lands on our own? We fight, retreat, ignore or use whatever coping mechanism we have at hand.
Then, suddenly, we remember. We remember the lands previously conquered and we remember who our knight in shining armor really is. It is then that these foreign and hostile lands begins to lose power. As God crosseS these boundaries with us, sometimes pushing and shoving as we resist, it seems the boundaries of these lands begin to disappear. The land of “what ifs” becomes “what if, God”, the land of “cannots”, become “can with God”, the land of “too much” becomes “just right”, the land of “not enough” becomes “enough”, the land of “never change” becomes “God changes” and the land of “too weak” becomes “BRAVE”.
In our walk with God, the Promised Land will, until the day we reach for the hand of Jesus at the end of our earthly life, always have pockets of foreign and hostile lands—BUT with God’s greatness, and His boundary crossing brand of LOVE, our Promised Land expands, we recognize the hostile and foreign lands sooner, spend less time in them than when we first tasted the Promised Land.
WHY? Because God is a God of greatness, who crosses all boundaries, and brands us with His love! A love that never changes, never stops, and is always present!
Psalm 145: 17 (Msg) “Everything God does is right–the trademark on all His works is love”