Monday, June 17, 2013

Have We Crossed The Jordan River?

God delivered His People from the land of slavery in Egypt. They crossed the Red Sea on dry ground while all the Egyptian army that followed them were drowned. God put them in the wilderness to test them. But they failed miserably. God never stopped feeding them and caring for them. But they could and would not stop murmuring and complaining against Moses (and against God) about food, water and their generally tough circumstances in the wilderness. God's wrath was kindled against them. He refused to bring them into the Promised Land. He kept them wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, and they died there. Later, God brought their children across the Jordan River, again on dry ground, into the Promised Land, through Joshua, their new leader. God's People finally claimed the Promised Land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

God delivered His People from the bondage of their sins. He brought them across the Great Sea into His care. He watched over them, provided for them, defended them, taught them, led them, gave them shelter, warmth, comfort, etc. But they still grumbled and cried continually about material needs and earthly wants. God was very angry at them. He chastised them every now and then. He kept them wallowing in their sins. He dismissed them in the hardness of their hearts, until that day, when they came to their senses, and cried earnestly to Him. God then brought them across the Jordan River. They fought their spiritual wars. They tasted their spiritual fruits and abundant harvest. It is indeed a land flowing with milk and honey.

How about us?

Where are we? Are we still in the land of slavery? Have we crossed the Red Sea? Are we still wandering in the wilderness? Or have we crossed the Jordan River? Are we living in the Promised Land? Is it indeed a land flowing with milk and honey?

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